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Imprisoned Afghan Christian Released from Prison

One Christian Convert Still Behind Bars
 
Washington, D.C. (February 24, 2011) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Said Musa, an Afghan Christian who was arrested in May and threatened with execution for his conversion to Christianity, was released from prison last week after aggressive international diplomacy engaged Afghanistan’s government.

In a letter dated February 13, Said Musa described a visit by representatives of the U.S. and Italian Embassies offering him asylum. According to the letter, after the foreign representatives left the room, Musa was visited by three Afghan officials who told him that he would be released within twenty-four hours if he wrote a statement declaring that he regretted his conversion to Christianity. “I laughed and replied, ‘I can’t deny my Savior’s name,’” Musa wrote. “Because my life is just service to Jesus Christ and my death is going to heaven [where] Jesus Christ is. I am a hundred percent ready to die. They pushed me much and much. I refused their demands.” Musa was then transferred back to his prison cell.

Still, ICC sources in Afghanistan remained hopeful that the release would occur soon. The call came on February 21 from an official from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul confirming that Said Musa was released and safely out of the country.

I'm so thankful to the Lord that he is free and know it was a concerted effort on the part of so many people,” said an ICC representative in Kabul. “The Lord has allowed us to take part in this momentous event and I praise Him that it has ended with the freedom of Said Musa. Through Said’s letters, he spoke publicly to the world a powerful testimony of his faith and perseverance.”

However, Shoaib Assadullah, an Afghan Christian who was arrested for giving a Bible to a man who later reported him to authorities, remains behind bars. Assadullah currently faces the same charges for apostasy that Musa was rescued from. In a letter dated February 17, and smuggled out of Qasre Shahi prison in Mazar-e-Sharif, Assadullah expressed fears that his execution is imminent. “The court’s decision is most definitely going to be the death penalty for me, because the prosecutor has accused me under the Clause 139 of the criminal code which says, ‘If the crime is not cited in the criminal code, then the case has to be referred to Islamic Sharia law,’” he wrote.

Aidan Clay, ICC Regional Manager for the Middle East, said, “We cannot be more thrilled about Said Musa’s release. It has been encouraging to see the international community, including churches, reporters and government officials in Europe and North America, work together for the common goal of freeing Said. Many sleepless nights, prayers and tears have paid off. However, the battle has not yet been won. Shoaib Assadullah is still imprisoned in northern Afghanistan and fears the death penalty. We still have a long road ahead before we witness religious freedom in Afghanistan. We must remain vigilant and keep the public and diplomatic pressure alive by continuing to shout with one voice for Shoaib Assadullah until together, we can also celebrate his release.”
 
For interviews, contact Aidan Clay, Regional Manager for the Middle East: clay@persecution.org

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  • Ecupiratefan914

    PRAISE GOD!!! HE IS FREE! Now if only Shoaib can get released! Lets keep praying for his immediate release!

  • Ann Kerr

    Thank you, Jesus! God is still in the prayer answering business.

  • Julie Winters

    This other man can still be freed with much prayer and ifit is God's will

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bill-Royland/1475224519 Bill Royland

    awesome

  • Obl

    Praise God for this courageous man's release!

  • Dallas Shields

    Information on release of Said Musa RELEASE!!

  • http://twitter.com/rbargas Richard Bargas

    Praise God for answered prayers!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CC35P3RVUMON7TWEV2ASARMWXA customizedsongwriter Mike McCr

    God I know you are there and always looking out for your people. Thank you God in Jesus Name I pray. Your Customized Songwriter, Mike McCracken

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CC35P3RVUMON7TWEV2ASARMWXA customizedsongwriter Mike McCr

    Did you know that Jesus was persacuted too?
    The Greatest Love Song
    Do You Know Jesus
    By Mike McCracken

    (chorus)
    Do you know Jesus?
    And how He loves us
    How He died just to save us
    Just because, He loves us

    Judas betrayed Him
    Who once was His friend
    They beat, flogged and scourged Him
    To where He didn’t look human

    A crown of thorns on His head
    Just another place where He bled
    Humiliated in every way
    Why, they even tore His clothes away

    And there wasn’t any time loss
    To where, they made Him carry the cross
    To drive nails through His hands
    He’s more than just a man

    And Jesus still loved them
    After all they did to Him
    He did this for us too
    When He said, “Father forgive them,
    for they know not what they do.”

    Jesus said that there is no greater love that a man can give than that he lay down his life for another. Jesus did this for all those who believe. I wrote this out of the Bible so everyone will know how great God’s love is.

  • Mgklaus2

    Such good new Said Musa, we must continue to pray for Shoaib Assadullah who is still imprisoned on charges of apostasy and facing possible execution under sharia law.

  • Dottie

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I am so happy Said Musa was released. We need to be in continual prayer for our brothers and sisters in foreign lands that do not have the freedom to worhip as we do here in America. God is still on his throne!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=43404284 Khente Koram

    Praise God

  • Lynniecehill

    Halleluja, praise You sweet Jesus!!! All the glory be to our Holy Father for His mercy!!! Thank you, Jesus

  • http://LookingForPurpose.com Dylan Dodson

    Amen!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552142832 Stefan Salonen

    A long way to go, until they reach freedom of faith!

  • Jane

    Mr. Musa, I pray that you find these pages and in them the support of your brothers and sisters in Christ! You are truly amazing Mr. Musa and a relevant example for us all. God bless you, and Praise God you have been delivered!

  • Infideltaskforce

    Sometimes prayers are answered

  • brad

    Prayers are always answered.
    Praise God for this faithful, courageous testimony. May we all be encouraged and motivated to ever increasing trust in the goodness of our Heavenly Father

  • brad

    Prayers are always answered.
    Praise God for this faithful, courageous testimony. May we all be encouraged and motivated to ever increasing trust in the goodness of our Heavenly Father

  • hugo cesar rodriguez

    alabamos al señor por su grande victoria .el oyo de nuestras oraciones!!!!! .HUGO CESAR RODRIGUEZ

  • Jsonlee

    Our God gives us the strength, courage and the grace to bring this world to see Him. Our freedom to live is a gift from God and our love is now stronger than ever. Our God is so amazing, I am so humbled to receive Him as our deliverer.

  • Nancy Elizabeth Pelegrina

    Alabamos al señor porque el oyo de nuestras oraciones y nuestro amado hermano said esta libre ,el Señor es bueno ,el no desampara a sus hijos!!

  • Handjsp

    What a wonderful answer to prayer! However, we need to continue to ask for God's protection for this man and his family. Their safety will always be a concern, no matter where they live in the world.

  • Joshua

    Thank You Lord for moving

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