When a Muslim becomes a Christian

Read this account of a young woman who converted from Islam to Christianity–how her father, the imam of a mosque, and the rest of her family are trying to kill her and how she has been in hiding for over a decade. This is happening not in some backward Middle Eastern emirate but in today’s ENGLAND. A sample:

Hannah was born in Lancashire to Pakistani parents who raised her and her siblings as strict Sunni Muslims.

She prayed and read the Koran, wore traditional Muslim clothes and was sent to a madrassa, a religious Muslim school.

She ran away from home at 16 after overhearing her father organising her arranged marriage.

Hannah was taken in by a religious education teacher and decided to convert to the Christian faith.

Although unhappy, her parents tolerated their daughter’s dismissal-of Islam as a “teenage phase”.

But when she opted to get baptised, while studying at Manchester University, her family were incensed and the death threats began.

Her father arrived at her home with 40 men and threatened to kill her for betraying Islam.

“I saw my uncle and around 40 men storming up the street clutching axes, hammers, knives and bits of wood,” she said.

“My dad was shouting through the letter box, “I’m going to kill you”, while the others smashed on the window and beat the door.

“They were shouting, ‘We’re going to kill you’ and ‘Traitor’.

“It was terrifying. I was convinced I was going to either die, but suddenly after about ten minutes the noise stopped and the men suddenly went away.”

Since then Hannah, who gives talks to churches on Islam, has been on the run from her family, often being forced to flee her home with only a few minutes’ notice.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Joe

    Stories like this are important to share with others. People need to understand the dangers these converts go through and there needs to be some sort of a support network in placce for them. How do we do it?

  • Joe

    Stories like this are important to share with others. People need to understand the dangers these converts go through and there needs to be some sort of a support network in placce for them. How do we do it?

  • http://www.faith-filled.com Stephenie

    I know there is a safe house organization in the US. I don’t remember what it’s called, but it is an underground railroad of sorts for former Muslims who convert to Christianity.
    I also heard a former Muslim woman talk about how she converted in college. She was forced to flee violence, too.

  • http://www.faith-filled.com Stephenie

    I know there is a safe house organization in the US. I don’t remember what it’s called, but it is an underground railroad of sorts for former Muslims who convert to Christianity.
    I also heard a former Muslim woman talk about how she converted in college. She was forced to flee violence, too.

  • PeteS

    Several years ago I baptized a young woman from Mali who had been Muslim. She was hoping to be able to stay in the US, but was uncertain if she could. Mali is overwhelmingly Muslim, so she was quite sure she would face persecution if she returned. She told me she was not afraid. I could skeptically view her comments as “easy to say from across the ocean.” But I had no reason not to take what she said as an expression of faith in the God who had saved her by his life and death and who had given her real life with him, life not even death can take away.

  • PeteS

    Several years ago I baptized a young woman from Mali who had been Muslim. She was hoping to be able to stay in the US, but was uncertain if she could. Mali is overwhelmingly Muslim, so she was quite sure she would face persecution if she returned. She told me she was not afraid. I could skeptically view her comments as “easy to say from across the ocean.” But I had no reason not to take what she said as an expression of faith in the God who had saved her by his life and death and who had given her real life with him, life not even death can take away.


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