Friday, February 25, 2011

Said Musa is Free: Prayers are Answered!

Christianity Today is reporting that Said Musa, the Afghan convert to Christianity, has been released.

Said Musa, who lost his leg to a land mine while serving in the Afghan army, worked with fellow amputees for the International Committee of the Red Cross for 15 years. Eight years ago, he converted to Christianity.

International Christian Concern (ICC) reports that Musa was released from prison last week. "The call came on February 21 from an official from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul confirming that Said Musa was released and safely out of the country," ICC reports. Compass Direct has confirmed Musa's release.

"According to Afghanistan's constitution, if there is no clear verdict as to whether an act is criminal or not in the penal code of the Afghan Constitution, then it would be referred to sharia law where the judge has an open hand in reaching a verdict," Qamaruddin Shenwari, director of the Kabul courts' north zone, told CNN.

Converting from Islam to Christianity is a capital offense under Shari'ah law. Over the past several weeks, Musa's story has gained attention in Europe and the United States, with articles appearing in London's Sunday Times and The Wall Street Journal, along with a high-profile Twitter campaign by prominent evangelical pastors, including Bethlehem Baptist Church's John Piper and Saddleback pastor Rick Warren.

Many details are lacking, but we rejoice in answered prayer for this brave man. We can only pray that his family is safe as well. If anyone finds more updates and details, please let me know in the Comments section or by email.

1 comment:

elderj said...

That is indeed very good news. It has been distressing to see so little concern for his plight and that of many like him suffering under oppressive Islamist regimes