Mother And 7 Children Jailed After Converting Back To Christianity From Islam

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A mother and her seven children have been jailed for 15 years for converting back to Christianity from Islam in Egypt.

Nadia Mohamed Ali was raised a Christian but converted to Islam 23 years ago when she married Mohamed Abdel-Wahhab Mustafa. Following his death, she planned to convert back to her original faith, along with the rest of her family. But a criminal court in Beni Suef, in central Egypt, sentenced them to jail for 15 years last week, according to reports.

Seven other people, who were involved in the case, were also sentenced to five years in jail. Human rights advocates have now warned the sentence is a sign of things to come in Egypt under the Islamist government. The conversion came to light after the family attempted to get new identity cards in 2004, when one of her children was arrested two years later and confessed the documents had been changed illegally when police noticed he had changed his name and became suspicious. Nadia, her children and the clerks who processed the identity cards were subsequently arrested and charged.

Christians in the country have said they face difficulties if they have converted to Islam and wish to switch back, leading some to forge the documents, which could land them in jail. Samuel Tadros, a research fellow at Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, has said while similar conversions had been common, the new Sharia-based constitution in Egypt was “a real disaster” for religious freedom.

He said: “The cases will increase in the future. It will be much harder for people to return to Christianity.”

The constitution was pushed through last year by President Mohamed Morsi, who succeeded Hosni Mubarak following an election last June. Secular and liberal groups, as well as Coptic Christians, opposed the constitution and protested against it at the time it was passed.

Human rights advocates have warned the sentence is a sign of things to come under the new constitution brought in by President Mohamed Morsi

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15 Comments

  • So this is happeneing, and the world is watching?????? Where are human right activiststsss in this world???? Let ppl who can act not keep quiet, these are fellow human beings suffering

    • U̶̲̥̅̊ are a fool. If Ūя̲̅ religion ȋ̝̊̅§ not intresting allow people to worship their choice not forcing people. Dont u̶̲̥̅̊ tink dat islam lack value so they are forcing people to buy into their frustrating darkness

  • No freedom of religion? Although they are jailed, spiritually they are now free from islamic bondage!
    The world is gradually coming to an end, so let every give him/herself to Jesus Christ even if the devils’ agents jail u or not, u ‘ll inherit heaven.. So Help us God!

  • The other day I read in the paper that a traditional ruler coverted to muslim in the eastern part of nija yet nobody nailed him & muslims were all celebrating. Now what do they hv to say in this contest!

  • Yes is true in niga an igbo trditional rula converted 2 islam but wat hv christan get 2do abt it apsolutle notin bcos evry 1 is gven rit 2 worship is God so islam shuld nt foce pple bcos is all abt choice.islam try an b ambasodor of pis jst lik christanity(2holly) .

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