Uganda: Three former imams face death threats after conversion to Christianity
by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – Three former imams who converted to Christianity in Uganda are in hiding as members of their local Muslim community have threatened to kill them, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports. ICC has helped to provide food for the families of the three new converts, Tamir, Salomon, and Michael. The former imams’ full names and locations have been withheld for security reasons.
Concerning Tamir, ICC said: “The Muslim community found out about Tamir’s conversion when he was baptized. He was chased away with his family of four, and his house was destroyed.” Tamir is living with a local pastor until something more permanent can be found for him.
Salomon left his teaching position at a local mosque upon giving his life to Christ. “Salomon came across a verse in the Quran that states that Muhammad is dead, and those who follow him are also dead,” ICC said. “He compared it with John 14:6, which says Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. He trusted Christ for his salvation and was baptized the same day. However, ICC said, Salomon’s friends and family “are hunting him down to kill him for converting to Christianity.”
Michael was baptized together with his wife after they both gave their lives to Christ. Michael has been threatened with death by Muslim leaders, especially those who invested in training him as an imam, ICC said.
Though these three new converts see the life and salvation found in Christ, they still face earthly death daily,” ICC explains. “Please join us in praying for the safety of the three ex-imams and their families as they look for a secure place to live and means of earning a livelihood.”