Posted by: Hugh Griffiths | March 22, 2006

Death penalty in Afghanistan

An article in Monday's Guardian reported that in Afghanistan a trial is being brought against a man arrested for converting to Christianity 16 years ago while working for a Christian charity in Pakistan. Abdul Rahman is charged with rejecting Islam and the penalty under sharia law is a death sentence.

In the case, the prosecutor said "We are Muslims and becoming a Christian is against our laws. He must get the death penalty". In an unbelievable statement, the judge also made the following remark:

We are not against any particular religion in the world. But in Afghanistan this sort of thing is against the law. It is an attack on Islam

I assume that not being against any particular religion, he is actually against all religion except Islam. It seems that Afghanis can follow any religion they choose provided it is Islam.

I find it shocking that any such trial should proceed almost invisibly in the Western media. Many of them seem to have relegated it to a minor story, perhaps afraid of trouble following the recent frenzy that was deliberately stirred up over cartoons. However, this whole situation betrays the intolerant nature of Islam as expressed in some parts of the world. Such sharia law does not appear to be able to reflect even basic human rights of freedom.

My prayers are with this man who has faithfully held fast to Christ and refused to deny his faith. However, I also pray that the trial of this one man becomes a wake-up call to the woolly-minded liberalism that demands that all religions and cultures are of equal worth and respect. Abdul Rahman is disproving that theory at the cost of his own life.

[update 26 March 2006] The Afghan authorities now appear to have dropped the case against Rahman due to external political pressure. I thank God that his life has been spared. However I continue to pray that this will have opened the eyes of the West to some of the realities of Islamic beliefs demonstrated by this whole situation. After all Sharia law does not only exist in Afghanistan…]



  1. its not their business to control what ppl like to be.. really bad man!

  2. Hi Hugh

    I’ve just read this story on the BBC News Website, and I am saddend and troubled by it, and my prayers go to our brother in Afganistan. I did hear a report that some moslems want to introduce Sharia Law to parts of the UK, with large Muslim populations.

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