Good news! The American Center for Law & Justice is announcing that Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has been released once again today after being re-arrested and put in prison on Christmas Day!
Don’t forget to continue to pray for Pastor Youcef’s attorney, and for American Citizen – Pastor Saeed Abedini – both of whom remain imprisoned by Iran’s tyrannical Islamic regime in Tehran.
Fox News has confirmed the report from yesterday that Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was re-arrested and imprisoned on Christmas Day – a “clearly malicious move”:
ACLJ: Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was reportedly re-arrested and imprisoned on Christmas Day in Iran.
Pastor Youcef had been imprisoned under a death sentence for apostasy for nearly three years before being acquitted and released in September.
Now, in a clearly malicious move, Pastor Youcef was torn away from his wife and two young boys on Christmas Day.
Fox News confirms, “Youcef Nadarkhani, 35, had been summoned to return back to Lakan Prison in Rasht, the facility where he served time and was then released, based on the charge that he must complete the remainder of his sentence, according to several reports and confirmed by those close to Nadarkhani in Iran.” The Iranian court has ordered that he serve the 45 remaining days of his sentence, which he had previously been told he would serve as probation. . . . Read More
Reports today indicate Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was released from prison in September, has been “summoned” to turn himself in once again to serve the remaining 45 days in prison of his prison sentence. Nadarkhani was jailed for his faith in Jesus Christ, and served nearly three years in prison before being released after relentless international pressure. But the pathetic radical Islamic thug regime in Iran has apparently imprisoned him again on Christmas Day:
MIDEAST FACES: Iranian media sources are reporting that the Christian pastor living in Iran who was arrested on charges of converting to Christianity from Islam and then released in September is now in custody again on Christmas Day. Sources say Youcef Nadarkhani, 35, married with two children, was summoned to turn himself into Iranian authorities in Rasht, close to his home, to complete the remaining 45 days of his 3-year sentence. Upon his release in September, Nadarkhani had been told the remaining 45 days would be served in probation form. . . . Read More
The attorney who helped defend Nadarkhani in Iran is also languishing in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison.
BREAKING NEWS: Iran Returns Pastor Nadarkhani To Prison dlvr.it/2hlZ9p— Global Xian Net News (@gcnetnews) December 25, 2012
Allegedly Pastor Nadarkhani was returned to jail because “he had been released several days too early”. They discovered that on Christmas?— BenSix (@bensixesq) December 26, 2012
Here is video from Fox & Friends discussing the case of Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been sentenced to death for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. He has been under arrest for more than two years. He was sentenced to death for his faith, and his case has been under appeal. Sources say the order of execution has been issued, but it has not yet been carried out:
WND: Those in the free world who are supporting a Christian pastor condemned to death by Iranian authorities say the need is urgent for people to speak out on behalf of Youcef Nadarkhani.
The death order for Nadarkhani has been signed on charges that he left Islam for Christianity, but spokesman Gene Kapp of the American Center for Law and Justice today confirmed the pastor’s sentence has not been carried out.
“Our attorneys received confirmation that Pastor Youcef was still alive,” Kapp said.
But he said the situation is precarious for the pastor arrested in 2009 and charged with blasphemy for “leaving Islam.” International Christian Concern’s Middle East analyst Aidan Clay says death could come at any time.
“There is fear that Nadarkhani could be executed in secret any day. However, sometimes these cases are drawn out and Nadarkhani could languish in prison for months or even years,” Clay said. . . . Read More
News is out that the brave Iranian Christian Pastor – Yousef Nadarkhani – has refused to say that Mohammed was “a messenger sent by God” as a condition for being released from an Iranian Prison. Pastor Nadarkhani has been sentenced to death for his faith in Jesus Christ, and has long been awaiting a final decision on his punishment from Iranian Courts.
BosNewsLife: Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has rejected an offer to be released from prison if he publicly acknowledges Islam’s prophet Mohammed as “a messenger sent by God” well-informed Christians and rights activists said Friday, January 13.
Iranian authorities reportedly summoned lawyers for Pastor Nadarkhani to his home city of Rasht on December 30, to explain the deal. Local officials indicated they would release the pastor if he agreed to make the statement about Mohammed, Christians with close knowledge about the situation explained.
“However, Pastor Nadarkhani has refused to do so, and remains in prison awaiting a final decision on his case,” confirmed advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) in a statement to BosNewsLife.
Christians said the pastor has made clear that making the demanded statement about Muhammed would amount to abandoning his faith in Jesus Christ.
Another source assisting the pastor told BosNewsLife there is concern about the renewed pressure on Nadarkhani, who faces execution for refusing to recant his Christian faith and return to Islam. . . . Read More
This is a man of great faith. Wouldn’t it be something if the back of the radical Islamic regime in Iran was broken by this example of unwavering faith willing to stand up to them? You never know what may light a fire that cannot be extinguished.
Yesterday, we shared about Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, an Iranian Christian who is facing execution because of his faith in Jesus Christ. This video recently uploaded to YouTube tells a little more about this brave man, and it urges us to pray for him and speak up for him now. Pastor Yousef apparently was able to write a letter and send it from prison, which was posted at Persecution.org back in October 2010.
The video below was uploaded to YouTube in May, and it describes the persecution of other Christians in Iran in recent days.
NOTE: Information I found yesterday said Pastor Yousef (Youcef) is 32 years old. The first video above says he is 34 years old.
A 32 year-old Iranian Christian Pastor is reportedly facing execution in Iran unless he is willing to recant his faith in Jesus Christ. Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani became a Christian as a teenager, and has been under arrest since 2009 for his faith. In Iran – dominated by Islam – there is apparently no room for him to practice and share his faith:
FOX NEWS: Iran’s Supreme Court says an evangelical pastor charged with apostasy can be executed if he does not recant his faith, according to a copy of the verdict obtained by a religious rights activist group.
Christian Solidarity World says Iranian-born Yousef Nadarkhani, who was arrested in 2009 and given the death sentence late last year, could have his sentence suspended on the grounds that he renounce his faith.
Those who know him say he is not likely to do that, for if he were disposed to giving it up, he would have done it long ago. . . .
Ghaemi says, “Most churches in Iran operate with some degree of secrecy. They operate in homes. People take their batteries out of their cellphones and leave them at the door. They show up at random times so as to avoid the appearance of a crowd filing in. The current government sees them as a threat.” . . . . Read More
The reality is that you can go to virtually any nation in the world where Islam is dominant and find the same story. Islam is intolerant to the faith of others, and seeks to silence dissent. Christians in particular are persecuted for their faith, as Islam seeks to keep people from being exposed to any view of life and eternity but its own.
If you are one who prays, say a prayer for this pastor and his family – not only that he will live, but that they will have courage and strength in their fiery trial. While you are praying – thank God for the religious freedom we have in America.
UPDATE 7/15/11 - Here’s a video with more information on Pastor Yousef, urging prayer for him.
Here is a video report on a Coptic Christian Church in Cairo, Egypt being set on fire by a Muslim mob. At least 10 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded in the attack:
CNN: Egypt’s prime minister called for an emergency Cabinet meeting Sunday, a day after officials reported at least 12 people were killed in sectarian clashes outside a Cairo church. Officials said the violence began over rumors that a Christian woman who converted to Islam was being held at the church against her will. Prime Minister Essam Sharaf postponed a trip to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates to discuss the church attack, according to EgyNews, Egypt’s official news agency. Egyptian state TV said 10 people died and 232 were wounded in the violence Saturday. At least 190 were arrested.
Tensions between Egypt’s Muslim majority and its Coptic Christian minority have been on the rise in recent months, with a number of violent clashes reported between the two groups. . . . Read More
To protect the Muslim radicals, some are trying to say this was just a gang of thugs and had no real religious motivation. Of course, the report makes no mention of the rising influence and power of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Many Muslims have a hard time with the free exchange of ideas and the right of individuals to choose what they believe. In virtually every majority Muslim nation, a person converting from Islam to Christianity faces intense persecution at best, and often death. That is never the case in majority Christian nations. That single fact says a great deal about the two faiths.