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23-year-old faces death penalty for accepting Jesus

Twenty-three-year-old Christian convert Shoaib Assadullah asks your prayers. Jailed in Afghanistan since last year, his crime is that he converted to Christianity, then shared his newfound faith with friends.



A letter recently smuggled out portrays a young man in deep despair, suffering beatings and constant threats from other prisoners.


Following the release of fellow Afghan convert Said Musa, pressure is now being put onto Afghanistan to release Shoaib. The Taliban was removed from power nine years ago, yet there are many Islamic conservatives still in the government. The Afghan constitution is self-contradictory — allowing for religious freedom — yet also allowing matters to be tried under Islamic Shari’a law, which does not allow for religious freedom.



Under Shariah Law, persons leaving Islam are considered apostates and are subject to the death penalty.


Assadullah was arrested in Afghanistan in October 2010 for giving someone a New Testament. At that time he was threatened with death or a 20-year prison sentence (with the death penalty being more likely).



His trial had been set for January 4 but international pressure led the Attorney General of Afghanistan to intervene. Due to this intervention, Assadullah was not sentenced, but sent back to prison where he is still waiting.


He is 23 and his family has tried all they can to secure his release. His mother died while he was in prison, and he was not allowed to see her or go to the funeral (which is contrary to Afghan law).



In the letter smuggled out of prison, he told of being pressured to deny Jesus – and he would be released.


“My name is Shoaib Said Assadullah. I am 23 years old. For the last four months I have been imprisoned in Qasre Shahi prison, Mazar-e Sharif for the crime of apostasy, which means I’ve changed my beliefs.


“Not only has my freedom been taken from me, but I am undergoing severe psychological pressure. Several times I have been attacked physically and threatened to death by fellow prisoners, especially Taliban and anti-government prisoners who are in jail.



“These assaults on my human dignity have affected me negatively, close to the point of death. My case is supposed to be sent to the court shortly, because the prosecutor has the right to hold a case only for 30 days. 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 Afghan criminal code which says, ‘If the crime is not cited in the criminal code, then the case has to be referred to the Islamic Shari’a law.’



“Not seeing my mother for the last time was more painful than anything else. I would like to add that freedom is a gift from God. This means that we have to respect human freedom and dignity.


“I request that you follow my case.






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posted March 15, 2012 at 4:46 am

This is nothing but hatred “in the name of God” and as Dr. Wafa Sultan so correctly puts it, Islam is not a religion, but a political ideology, a primitivethought system that appeals to the baseness of human nature rendering it inhumane, uncaring and mentally ill. Those who recognize this tyranny and seek escape are to be prayed for.

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posted August 24, 2011 at 11:14 am

Enwoven into the fabric of Sharia Law, the threads of compassion are so tenuous as to make one wonder if they were ever really there. I should think that its thesis in theory is actually an antithesis in practice. And, sadly or happily according to one’s perspective, it is to the gossamer of the Sharia ideal that most Muslims apparently aspire. Scilicet Ab Ambagibus.

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posted August 22, 2011 at 9:23 am

Please dont ever deny Jesus. Id rather die in prison then deny my father Jesus Christ. Stand for Jesus and stay strong

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posted August 22, 2011 at 1:45 am

Our prayers for you brother Shoaib. Hold on to your faith. Nothing is impossible with God…persevere in your prayer… be strong…

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posted August 19, 2011 at 11:03 am

Just a shame not everyone has Freedom of Religion. Prayers will be going out to him. God will protect him. He is looking at a place next to God when our time is up on this Earth. Praise the Lord!!!

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posted March 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm

May God bless the people with the heart and the courage to help this young men. May prayers are with him and his family.

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