Algerian Christians to appear in court on accusation of “inciting” conversion of a Muslim


Date:  October 31, 2018

Four Algerian Christians from the same family are scheduled to appear in court on 6 November on charges of “inciting a Muslim to change religion”.

In July 2018, a 40-year-old Muslim woman whose husband had converted to Christianity filed a complaint against her husband and against a Christian family, accusing them of “pressuring her to become a Christian”. The Christian family had attempted to ease the conflict between the couple.

Algerian Christians who share their faith with Muslims risk being prosecuted for "inciting" a Muslim to convert

The Christian family members were first ordered to appear in court in the Kabylie region of northern Algeria on 9 October, but the hearing has now been postponed until November.

Conversion from Islam is not a criminal offence in Algeria, but those who witness to Muslims potentially face a five-year jail sentence. Under Algerian law, any action which “incites, constrains or utilises means of seduction tending to convert a Muslim to another religion” is illegal.

Please join us in prayer: Pray that the Lord who sets the oppressed free (Luke 4:18) will preserve the freedom of the Algerian Christian family and the man who recently became a follower of Christ. Pray that his wife’s eyes will be opened (Isaiah 35:5) to recognize Lord Jesus and that she will come to know and love Him for herself.

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