As Christianity grows in Africa, persecution from Islamic radicals is increasing rapidly.
A new Ugandan Christian just had his hand chopped off in retribution after deciding to follow Jesus Christ.
From the Christian Post:
Musa John Kasadah of Maumo village, Luuka District was ambushed on July 26 as he tried to flee to safety with his family, who had joined him in putting faith in Christ at an open-air event on June 17, said his wife, Asiya Naigaga. The couple have six children, including two adults.
Kasadah was attacked at about 11:45 a.m. at Nakabondo village, near Bukadde village, while fleeing for safety to Nawaningi village, Iganga District, she said.
This man and his family converted to Christianity and he was attacked for it by Islamic radicals.
The attack was in line with Quran 5:33, which spells out the punishment for those who cause "mischief" against the Islamic god, a verse often applied to apostates (those that leave the faith).
Indeed, the penalty for those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger and spread mischief in the land is death, crucifixion, cutting off their hands and feet on opposite sides, or exile from the land. This penalty is a disgrace for them in this world, and they will suffer a tremendous punishment in the Hereafter.
In Islam, all those born into Islamic families are considered Muslim by default and have no choice in freedom of religion. The only thing worse than renouncing Islam is to blaspheme against the Islamic god or Mohammed, which warrants the death penalty. Islamic attacks such as the one carried out on French newspaper Charlie Hebdo in 2015 show the lengths to which Islamists will go to carry out this sentence.
The attackers also threatened the church that Kadash had started to attend as a way to send a message.
After Kasadah and his family had attended church services for three weeks and missed mosque Friday prayers, sources said, their pastor received a message from one of Kasadah's brothers that read, "It has come to our attention that Musa Kasadah and the family are attending your church. This should stop immediately, otherwise your church is at risk."
The religion of peace!
The pastor, whose name is with withheld for security reasons, arranged for the Kasadah family to be housed with a local Maumo official, she said. Area Muslims discovered their location after two weeks, and one of them showed up there ostensibly to obtain work on a sugarcane plantation as the family was preparing to leave on July 26, sources said.
In the course of talking with the homeowner, the Muslim learned that the Kasadah family was on their way to Iganga District, Naigaga said. The family had gone about 15 kilometers (nine miles) when four Muslim extremists in the middle of a road between sugarcane plantations stopped them, she said.
"They began questioning my husband, saying, ‘You thought that we shall not get hold of you? We have been tracking you from the house of [the local official, unidentified for security reasons] to here, and today is your last day to be alive. Allah has given you into our hands,'" Naigaga said. "They started beating my husband and then got hold of me and tied me up. They forced me to sing Christian songs as they began chopping off my husband's hand."
Yes, Kadash's wife was tied up and forced to sing while her husband's hand was chopped off.
This isn't even in an Islamic-majority country.
Uganda's constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one's faith and convert from one faith to another. Muslims make up no more than 12% of Uganda's population, with high concentrations in eastern areas of the country.
The Church is expanding, but the Islamic world continues to respond with violence, as it always has.
Pray for our brothers and sisters in Africa!
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