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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Nagla al-Imam, convert to Christianity, sings about religious persecution

This is an extraordinarily courageous YouTube video of Nagla Al-Imam, an Egyptian attorney and prominent human rights activist, who has recently converted from Islam to Christ. In this video she sings a spiritual song together with her two children, asking Christ to hold their hands and strengthen them as they go through the high waves of persecution.

Ms Al-Imam posted this video after she was bashed by the Egyptian security forces: the bruises are clearly visible on her face, and she can barely open her mouth to sing.





In a video interview posted on July 8 with Free Christian Voice, Ms Al-Imam reported that she was taken into custody by the Egyptian security forces. The colonel took her by the hair and bashed her head against his desk, which is the reason for the bruises on her face. She also broke a tooth. She says that the colonel tightened the chain around her neck, mocking her cross on the chain, and told her to watch her neck.  She also said that he told her if she dares to come out of her house he will send some "women" and she should be expecting what will happen to her then. She said that she has not worked for the past year and she has been threatened with being deregistered as a lawyer, and false statements have been made on her behalf to defame her.

According to Islamic law, any Muslim who leaves Islam loses custody of their children. The children are to be placed in the custody of a Muslim relative. This is one of the points made in apostasy fatwas (rulings) issued by the Chief Scholar of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute, His Excellency Shaykh Sa‘id Hijjawi, during the time when he was Grand Mufti of Jordan (from 1992-2007).  (The Aal al-Bayt Institute was the sponsor of the Common Word letter to the Christian world.)

Islam is the only world religion which demands that people who leave it should be killed. As a graduate of Al-Azhar university, Ms Al-Imam is an expert in Sharia law.  She knows this.  Also, Ms Al-Imam's decision to sing this song with her children would have been done in the full knowledge that, even if she escapes with her life, she is liable to lose custody of her children. Moreover, as an apostate from Islam, Ms Al-Imam has become a legal non-person.  She would be unable to act in her own defense in a court of law, and has most likely lost any capacity to earn her living as a lawyer.

Ms Al-Imam would have been fully aware of the risk of losing her children when she converted to Christianity.  This video has a similar function to the tattooed cross on the wrists of Coptic Christians:  it is a declaration of faith in Christ no matter what may happen. The fact that her children are singing in this video shows that they share their mother's Christian faith.  She is, I believe, asking the world to pay attention to their fate, and has established a visible witness to the children in the future, should they be taken from her and forced to re-accept Islam.

Nagla Al-Imam has declared on the internet that she will not flee, but is determined to stay in Egypt.  (See article by Nonie Darwish from August 2009).

You can sign a petition on line here for the support of the freedom of religion in the Muslim world. Your voice will count in removing the suffering of those who suffer for choosing to follow their conscience by leaving Islam. Please take a moment to sign this petition and pass this message on to others who may be willing to sign.

9 comments:

  1. This is an amazing story of a very brave woman, however, I can't in all honnesty see a petition signed by Christians and other westerners, having any effect in the halls of power within the Islamic world. I can't see a petition signed by Muslims to ahve any real effect in the Islamic world.

    Despite her great bravery, I would suggest she runs. Christ is worth giving your life for, no doubt, but is staying and making a statment for God woth risking the kids to be taken away, and forced back into the Islamic way of life. If it were only her life ont he line Iw ould say that shes doing the right thing, but with the kids involved she should flee.

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  2. Brave woman and more examples of a cruel religion.

    I hope she flees to the USA or Europe and spends the rest of her days berating the muslim world on the lecture circuit and from her own website.

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  3. God be with you sister. May Jesus Christ our Lord fly to you r rescue for the sake of your charming kids. You have my prayers. God be with you three

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  4. Carla Jesus Christ worshipperJuly 16, 2010 at 12:43 AM

    Oh Jesus my Lord please hold their hands and guide them to a safe place.. If it is your will that they have suffered enough please free them from the hands of these criminals and let the torture stop. Amen

    I beleive that every good muslam person in the world should stand against these criminal rules set by the arab countries and ask for their eliminations.

    Please Lord hear my prayer. Jesus and Mary I love YOU save the souls..

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  5. God Bless this courageous woman and her family.

    My advice also would be to get out of there for the sake of your children. It's possible that you can get word of your ordeal out to the world if you were living in the West.

    I will pray for you and I will pray for them. I will ask God to please change their hearts, before the day comes when they will have to account for their actions.

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  6. Heavenly Father please keep this woman and her children safe from harm. They have given up their religion in order to follow our Lord Jesus Christ. Please guide them to safety for we need them to be able to let the rest of the world know what a horrendous religion Islam is.
    Amen

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  7. lord i pray may u give courage to her and family.i believe that the lord will protect u and family!may his shalom always with u and family.the lord has purpose in your live to tell the truth about Islam and it lies.

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  8. This "Human rights activist" advocates sexual harassment of Israeli women -
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDqWGtykYNE

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  9. She said that interview was doctored, and edited to make it seem that way as part of the campaign to discredit her. When I checked it out, this did seem to be true.

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