Imprisoned Iranian Convert refuses to renounce faith in Christ

November 15, 2011 by  
Filed under Asia, Iran, newsletter-world, Persecution

Iranian Convert, Noorollah Qabitizade

Noorollah Qabitizade was arrested on Christmas Eve, 2010

Iran, November 08, 2011: An Iranian convert from Islam to Christianity who has been imprisoned for the last ten months has resisted pressure to renounce his faith and instead tried to share the Gospel with other prisoners.

Noorollah Qabitizade, a house church leader, was arrested on 24 December 2010, along with ten other Christians who had gathered at his home to celebrate Christmas Eve.

For the first month of his detention, at Dezful prison, Noorollah was not allowed to contact his family and was subjected to intense interrogation in a bid to force him to renounce his faith.

The authorities tried to get him to sign commitments pledging not to evangelise, repenting his decision to leave Islam and renouncing his Christian faith. They promised to release him if he would do so, but he refused.

Noorollah even tried to share his faith with other prisoners and organised prayer meetings inside the prison. This angered the guards, who consequently transferred him to another prison, in Ahwaz, over 160km away.

Noorollah’s first trial was held two months ago in Ahwaz; he was threatened with the death penalty and offered another opportunity to return to Islam to reduce his punishment.

– barnabas team

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