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Islamists Arrest A Muslim Father After His Sons Convert To Christianity

Islamists Arrest A Muslim Father After His Sons Convert To Christianity

Washington, D.C. (January 25, 2012) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on January 14 Somali Islamists arrested a Muslim father after two of his teenage children converted to Christianity in Kismayo, Somalia. The two sons of Mo’alim Mohamud Aw-Omar converted to Christianity late last year. They fled their homes following their conversion.

Members of the radical Islamic group, al-Shabaab, accused Aw-Omar of “failing to raise his sons as good Muslims” because “good Muslims cannot convert to Christianity.” Aw-Omar, who is still a Muslim, insisted that his sons have memorized the Qur’an, fasted and prayed regularly and therefore he should not be accused of failing his duties.

According to sources on the ground, the Islamists have refused to release Aw-Omar until his two sons return to Kismayo. This is unlikely to happen because the teenagers will be killed if they return. According to the strict interpretation of the Islamic sharia law that Al-Shabaab follows, leaving Islam is a crime punishable by death. The law is based on the Hadith “…The Prophet of Allah said, ‘If somebody [a Muslim] discards his religion, kill him” Bukhari (52:260).

Radical Islamists have killed a number of Christian converts in Somalia. This is the first confirmed case of a parent being arrested for the conversion of children.

In a statement to ICC, a Somali Christian leader said, “This tactic (of arresting parents for conversion of children) is apparently intended to discourage Muslims from converting to Christianity since their Muslim parents could be held accountable for their conversion. The Somali Islamists have previously tried other failed harsh tactics such as summary executions of converts to minimize the number of Muslims converting to Christianity. Please pray for the Somali Christians, especially those living in Islamist controlled areas in southern Somalia.”

ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Jonathan Racho, said, “The Somali people have suffered enough. Al-Shabaab shouldn’t be allowed to continue terrorizing Somalis. We urge Al-Shabaab to respect the religious freedom of all Somalis. We also urge Christians around the world to pray for their brothers and sisters in Somalia.”



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  • Chow8713

    this is time where people in the world should be aware of what is really going on.about time christians stop being naive and be knowledgeable.

  • Anonymous

    I hope those two boys are alright. Seriously, stop the prejudice and hate between religions!!! 

  • Jmiles

    The religion of peace?

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  • John

    I have grown weary of the term "Radical Islamists" when these people are actually moderate muslims
    As islam "is" mohammed,the term moderate can only be applied to the actions and behaviours of their prophet and--as the sunna of mohammed is the revelation of alla   there is no other benchmark
    Ergo-- as Erdogan of Turkey stated  --  moderate islam is an invention of the west-- islam is islam and that's it.. It is time to stop listening to "Western Opinions" on islam and educate ourselves on the true islam
    The nice muslims we all know of could best be described as religious slackers

  • Anonymous

    The worship of  satan  has many followers , and they can find a reason to kill anyone  at anytime

  • Syliviya

    May the Lord bless and give courage to those two boys. You are not alone!

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RRY5EJ74JAH6BDJAPJG2XGTFWY bwana00

    Majority of people in the West are so naive that they don't know how evil Islam is and what muslims are capable of doing in the name of Allah or Islam. WAKE UP before its too late.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RRY5EJ74JAH6BDJAPJG2XGTFWY bwana00

    Jmiles " The religion of peace " Wishful thinking. 3w's dot thereligionofpeace dot com

  • William

    Praise the lord. His spirit is moving and strengthening the faith. It is our prayers which will help the cause Christ the King of Universe.

  • William

    These are muslims who are trying to soften the damage caused by the terrorists and hardliners. Radical Islamists are a bane to the society.

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