Coming to Christ is a free choice that one makes in some places of the World but in some other countries, government officials inflict penalty on their citizens who decide to follow Jesus. That was the case with the Egyptian former Muslim Bahaa el-Din Ahmed Hussein who was imprisoned for deciding to follow Christ and then later freed from prison as the following story indicates.
Egyptian Christian Bahaa el-Din Ahmed Hussein el-Akkad has been released from prison
May 16, 2007 Egypt (Open Doors)-An Open Doors co-worker says: “It is a miracle that Bahaa is strong in his faith and has no regrets whatsoever. He said that Jesus was with him all through his ordeal.”
El-Akkad was arrested on April 6, 2005, by the Egyptian State Security Investigation. Although no official charges were filed, El-Akkad had declared from his prison cell that he was under arrest for insulting Islam by becoming a Christian.
In a series of handwritten notes smuggled out of prison in recent months, El-Akkad declared that he had chosen the Christian faith after years of research on Islam. Within two months, word of El-Akkads conversion to Christianity had reached the State Security Intelligence, and secret police picked him up without warning from his private trade office.
El-Akkad was released on paper in August 2005 and in July 2006. He was rearrested at the same time, however.