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Mar 05

5 Minute Challenge – Saudi Arabia

There is no freedom of religion here. The legal system is based on Islamic law and conversion to another religion is punishable by death if the accused does not recant. Non-Muslim public worship is prohibited, and although the government recognizes the right of non-Muslims to worship privately, the religious police often do not. Worshippers risk imprisonment, deportation and torture. Most Christians are poorly paid foreign workers who are vulnerable to violence because of their faith.

 “My father used to beat me to make me pray because the Messenger said in the Hadith: 

 “Of Umar bin Shuaib, of his father, of his grandfather, who said: ‘The Messenger of God (Peace be upon him) said, “Order your children to pray when they are seven years old, and beat them if they do not do so when they are ten years old”, as was told by Ahmed and Abu Dawud” 

I began to pray the obligatory prayer and follow the Sunna, and I performed the night vigil prayer, this as a final attempt – and perhaps I would persevere. I became very depressed, and I was sure that I was of “the People of the Fire” and that I would not be saved from the torment of the grave. 

In the year 2009 I bought a computer and one day I searched in YouTube for an interview with Doctor Wifaa’ Sultan. At that time I didn’t know much about Doctor Wifaa’ Sultan, and I didn’t know that she was a former Muslim. I watched a series of interviews with she and other Christians. I became very disillusioned with Islam and its Messenger, and I discovered that I had been tricked, but I didn’t have the courage to say that out loud! {And this is the case for many Muslims}. The series broke my barrier of fear, and I confirmed that Islam was not the religion of Allah. And without hesitation, I submitted my life to the Lord Jesus because he is the God of love and peace. The true God looked upon my weakness and answered my prayer and guided me to his path. 

 

Pray:

  • Thank God for Christians showing a new boldness in sharing their faith
  • Praise Him that the number of Christian converts from Islam is increasing
  • For converts from Muslim backgrounds who risk being killed by their families.

 

WWL Ranking: 03
Leader: King Abdullah
Government: Monarchy
Main Religion: Islam
Population: 28 million (1.25 million Christians)