Category Archives: Egypt

“Daniel”: Egypt

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“Daniel” recently converted to Christianity, and his Muslim family, feeling he must be mentally deranged, took him to a mental health facility where he was given electric shock treatments.  He is now in the hands of Voice of the Martyrs and is receiving appropriate medical attention.  Please pray for him and his family.

Source:  Voice of the Martyrs

What you can do:

  • Pray for Daniel’s physical and mental health.
  • Pray for his family.
  • Pray for the people and government of Egypt.

Father, I lift up “Daniel” before You today.  I ask You to fill him with Your own peace, that passes understanding.  I thank You that there are people there in Egypt who are able to take him in, love him, and take care of him.  I ask You to use this situation to bring about a great revival in Egypt, a country that You love.  I pray for Your peace to flood the hearts of his family, who love him and are concerned for him.  I ask You to reveal Yourself to them, as You are doing for so many Muslims around the world.  Send Your world and heal the land.  In Jesus’ Name.

Mohammed Hegazy (Bishoy Armeya Boulos): Egypt

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Mohammed Hegazy, an Egyptian Christian who converted from Islam, has been sentenced to five years in prison for filming a clash between Christians and Muslims in central Egypt.  The government claims he filmed the confrontation without obtaining permission from them first, a misdemeanor that usually carries a sentence of up to six months in jail.  (Mohammed was imprisoned for six months as he waited for his court case to be heard.)

In 2007 Hegazy petitioned the Egyptian government to officially change his religious status.  This is apparently unheard of and resulted in death threats, forcing Hegazy and his family into hiding.  His wife and children were eventually able to escape to Germany, but Mohammed chose to remain in Egypt.  His experiences have made him passionate about the religious rights of his people.  He has devoted his time to documenting cases of persecution and advocating for those who are abused.  Mohammed’s arrest came when he was in southern Egypt filming clashes brought about by President Morsi’s oust from office.  Hundreds of Christians have been attacked, kidnapped, and killed, and Christian businesses have been looted and destroyed.

Mohammed’s Christian name is Bishoy Armeya Boulos.

What you can do:

  • Pray for Mohammed Bishoy.
  • Pray for his family living in Germany.
  • Pray for the Egyptian people and their government.

Source:  Voice of the MartyrsBe a Voice Network

Father, I thank You for protecting the family of Mohammed Hegazy, and getting them safely to Europe.  I pray that You will provide for them, comfort them, strengthen them, and support them as they are away from their husband and father, unable to visit him in prison.  I pray for Bishoy as he serves his prison term.  I pray that he will be a light in the darkness, that You will shine though him, and that he will be closer to You now than he has ever been before.  I pray that You will send heaven to him there, Father, and that he will be able to bring many of his fellow prisoners into Your presence with him.  I pray for his jailers, that you will give them mercy and compassion, wisdom and understanding, discipline and the control needed to keep the prison safe.  I pray for Egypt, Father.  You love the country, You love the people.  Egypt has been under Your watching care for thousands of years.  I pray that You will bring a stable government to the country, that will promote and enforce freedom for the Egyptian people.  I ask you to bless Egypt and bring Your will to fruition there.

 

Makarem Diab: Egypt

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Makarem Diab, an Egyptian Coptic Christian, was sentenced to 6 years in prison for blasphemy against Muhammad.  In February, Diab had a discussion with another employee of Deer Al Gabrawy Prep School, Al Hameed.  Hameed stated that Jesus had sex with 10 women that were forbidden to him (no historical evidence exists for this statement), and so had broken Islamic law (Islam didn’t exist until 600 years after Christ).  Diab replied that the prophet Muhammad had 4 wives, a fact commonly accepted by Islamic scholars.  Witnesses say this was an ordinary discussion, and were surprised when, 11 days later, Hameed went to the police with blasphemy charges.  Diab was arrested and held for 4 days, when he was then delivered to the court for a “hearing”.  In the ten minute hearing, without his lawyer present, Diab was convicted and sentenced to 6 years in prison.

An appeal was heard on March 16th, but Hameed stirred up a crowd of angry lawyers who stormed the courtroom and interrupted the hearing.  Peter Sarwat, a Coptic lawyer described it this way,  “They said no Muslim will defend a Christian. It was agreed that Christian lawyers would take over and two Coptic lawyers volunteered, but the Muslims decided that even Christians would not defend him.”  One of Diab’s lawyers, Ahmed Sayed Gebaly, was outside the courtroom unable to get inside.  The defense lawyers who were in the courtroom were beaten up by the mob, right in front of the judge.  “They were assaulting us in a beastly and strange way just because we went there to defend a citizen who happened to be a Christian… We left court in a security vehicle which took us to Security headquarters, otherwise, we don’t know what the outcome would have been for us,” said Adel Ramadam.  The hearing was rescheduled for April 5th, when the sentence was upheld.

“I know Makarem well because we grew up together, and I know he wouldn’t do that,” said Gebaly, a Muslim. “To be honest, he didn’t do anything wrong. If he did, I would have told him… We were expecting that he would be released with no charges, but the law was used in the wrong way, and now we are trying to appeal again, if his appeal gets accepted,” Gebaly said.  Diab is now in Assult General Prison, and is apparently being treated as well as can be expected.

What you can do:

  • Pray for Makarem Diab, his family, and his friends, his jailers, the justice system in Egypt, and Al Hameed.

Father God, I pray for Makarem Diab, his family, and his friends.  Support them with your tender compassion and comfort them in this time of great trouble.  I pray that You will cause the truth to be made known, that Truth will triumph over deceit and violence in this situation.  I pray that Diab and his family will awaken to know Your tender mercies each morning, and that Your loving kindness will provide strength, courage, and encouragement each moment of every day.  I pray for the jailers’ eyes to be opened to Your glorious truth, that they may come to know You through Mr. Diab.  I pray for Al Hameed, that You will bring him out of darkness into Your glorious light.  Let Your light shine through Mr. Diab, and through all his family and friends, so that they are like a shining city on a hill.  Keep his family safe, secure, and provided for while Mr. Diab is in prison.  Supply all their needs according to Your riches in glory, Lord.  Let Your name be proclaimed far and wide because of this terrible situation.  You are the redeeming King!  In Your beautiful name, Amen.  

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