Martyrdom is very real today
Iran. Islam is the official religion, and all laws must be consistent with the official interpretation of Sharia law. Almost all Christian activity is illegal, especially when it occurs in Persian languages. Christians continue to be seen as a threat by the regime as their numbers are growing, and allegedly even children of political and spiritual leaders are leaving Islam for Christianity. There is relatively less pressure on historical ethnic Christian minorities as the Armenian and Assyrian, as long as they do not evangelize Muslims. Any Muslim who leaves Islam faces the death penalty, and church services are monitored by the secret police. Although they are guaranteed religious freedom, Christians experience imprisonment, physical abuse, harassment and discrimination. Meanwhile, curiosity and interest in Christianity (and in other non-Islamic religions) is growing continuously among Iranian Muslims who are disillusioned with Iran’s state-sponsored Shi’ism.