How Islam gets new converts
Posted by The Mindset on May 21, 2011
Read the following excerpts and judge yourself is Islam “The Religion of Peace”
#1. Christian girls kidnapped, raped, converted to Islam and forced to marry Muslim in Faisalabad (PAKISTAN)
Toronto, Canada: February 22, 2010. Agnes Massey Advocate, President of Pakistan Christian Congress Canada Chapter have strongly condemned abduction, rape and enforced conversion of Christian girl by Muslims in Faisalabad.
PCC Canada Chapter President was expressing her views here today after commenting on news published in AsiaNews.
According to AsiaNews, a young Christian woman was kidnapped, raped and forced to convert to Islam by a Muslim man in Faisalabad, Khalil Tahir, chairman of “Adal Trust,” a free legal aid organization that helps minorities, told AsiaNews.
18-year-old Razia went to visit her aunt on October 21 but never came home. Her parents went out looking for her but to no avail. They also contacted a Muslim man, Sajid, who had harassed her in the past, but he denied any knowledge of her whereabouts. Razia did eventually make it home on October 31 in a state of shock. She told her parents that Sajid had abducted her, repeatedly raped her and forced her to convert to Islam. She is currently under medical care.
“The girl’s father went to the police to file a complaint on the evening of Razia’s return, but they were reluctant to register the case fearing that it might get out of proportion because of its religious element,” Khalil Tahir told AsiaNews.
Agnes Massey urged Punjab government to ensure justice to victims .
While in Lebanon for work, an Egyptian Christian man named Gerguis met and fell in love with a beautiful young woman, Achwak. She, too, became a Christian, and the couple was married and soon blessed with a child.
The couple planned to visit Gerguis’ family in Cairo Egypt. Work prevented Gerguis from leaving immediately, but his wife and young son went on ahead. Little did they know of the difficulties that they soon would face.
In Egypt, it is customary for a Christian convert to take a new Christian name. However, in Lebanon, the custom is different, and Achwak kept her Muslim name.
Included in her papers that allowed her to enter Egypt was her Marriage Certificate showing that she was now a Christian. At the airport Achwak faced persistent questioning by officials. They said she should not have converted to Christianity, but rather her husband should become a Muslim like her.
The officials took her son away from her; and after several hours of questioning, she was allowed to leave but was told to arrange for her husband to pick up their son. Gerguis quickly returned to Egypt. He was questioned for many hours before being allowed to take custody of their son. The family then lived in Egypt for two years.
A beautiful daughter was born, and Gerguis applied for her birth certificate. The authorities refused to issue one, saying that Gerguis had to become a Muslim before it could be issued. He refused to do so and left without the birth certificate.
Muslim extremists were watching this Christian family, and they kidnapped Achwak. Devastated, Gerguis contacted her family in Lebanon, only to learn that a Muslim named Sheikh Moamen had urged them to make sure their daughter converted back to Islam. Gerguis pleaded with the Sheikh for his wife’s return. The Sheikh affirmed that this could not happen unless Gerguis and the two children convert to Islam.
Gerguis quickly arranged for his two children to go into hiding and with tears sought help from VOM contacts. Our contacts informed us, “Women are often raped in such circumstances and their shame used to further isolate them.”
Hundreds of Christian girls in Pakistan have been abducted, forced to convert to Islam, and raped or forced into marriages, according to a Fides news agency report.
“The Christian girls are the weakest and most vulnerable, because their communities are poor, defenseless and marginalized, therefore easily exposed to harassment and threats,” said a nun.
The nun, who hides girls who have escaped their captors, says often they do not even have the courage to denounce the violence.”
“The trend is worrying,” she added. “There are hundreds of cases a year registered, and those that come to light are only a fraction.”
These incidents have occurred mainly in Punjab province.
The Centre for Legal Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS), which takes care of legal assistance for Christians who are discriminated against and persecuted in Pakistan, has confirmed the report.
Sidra Bibi, 14 year old Christian in the district of Sheikhupura in Punjab, is the daughter of a worker in the cotton industry. A Muslim from the village abducted and raped her before threatening her with death.
Physically and psychologically abused, the girl became pregnant. She managed to escape.
But police have refused to accept her complaint and now the CLAAS lawyers are handling the case.
Many other such cases have taken place where the girls were abducted, forced to marry and then convert to Islam, reports the agency.
The families of the girls, shocked, have reclaimed their daughters and the cases are currently before the High Court of Lahore, represented by lawyers provided by CLAAS.
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a young Hindu scheduled cast man was abducted by a mob of hundreds of persons from a police station. The police stopped further investigation because of the involvement of a powerful religious group. Since his abduction on May 12, his whereabouts are unknown. This is the second time he was abducted. He was previously abducted by a group of local religious leaders including the leader of the mosque and kept in their custody, allegedly for nine months. The victim alleged that he was raped during his captivity and forced him to convert his religion by signing plain papers.
The high police officers of the district Mirpurkhas, Sindh have told the family members, leaders of the Hindu community and the lawyers that they could not do against the mob as there were chances of riots. Since then police have stopped the investigation into the case.
Instead of arresting the perpetrators police have arrested victim’s father and his two maternal uncles on the charges of abduction on the application of the Mosque leader. The mother and other family members are in hiding.
Please send the urgent appeal to the authorities to recover the young man and arrest the perpetrators for forcibly converting a religious minority person through sexual abuse……
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