Daily Topic for December 04, 2010

Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

Centuries ago, the Apostle Paul wrote this message to the fledgling churches in the region of Galatia, hundreds of miles north of Egypt. It is because of this freedom that we are able to send out Christ’s ambassadors with His message of freedom from sin to the least reached peoples of the earth. Currently they are in bondage to sin and to counterfeit means of dealing with it.

Pray that Muslims throughout Egypt will embrace God’s way to be free from sin.

Shiite Muslims of Egypt

by MB

Slam! The tall, thick doors closed on Hassan, leaving him standing on the outside of the prison cell for the first time in two years. The echo from the door rang in his ears, but to Hassan it was the pleasant sound of freedom. He slowly made his way back to his village, avoiding hostile looks from shopkeepers and shoppers.

As a Shi’ite Muslim living in a predominantly Sunni country, the only explanation for his arrest, detention and torture during the last two years was the allegation of promoting “Iranian” ideas. When Hassan returned to his home, family and neighbors, he was simply another one of Egypt’s Shi’ites being wrongfully imprisoned.

Senior officials of Egypt’s interior ministry are denying any charges of abuse, but a human rights group called Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights says that the government failed to investigate any of the 124 human rights cases they presented to the authorities. While Shi’ite Islam is technically legal in Egypt, the government is wary of any Iranian religious influence, and they quickly use force against Shi’ites. Persecution in Egypt is common for all religious minorities who are not considered a part of the “heavenly religion” of the state.

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Pray that these Shi’ites in Egypt will soon hear and respond to Christ’s message of spiritual freedom.

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