Grieving The Death Of A True Martyr In Bangladesh
We have confirmed that Hossain Ali (65), a former Muslim who converted to Christianity, was hacked to death early in the morning on Tuesday, March 22 by Islamic militants in Garialpara, Kurigram, Northern Bangladesh. While Hossain was coming back from his morning walk, three assailants on motorbikes approached him, threw a cocktail bomb and attacked with sharp weapons. Hossain Ali died on the spot. After police verification, Hossain’s body was sent for autopsy.
A True Servant of Christ
Hossain was a freedom fighter and became a Christian in 1999. After his conversion, his wife tied him up and held him captive in their house for three days. His family and relatives pressured and persecuted him, yet he never forsook Jesus.
In addition to the persecution he experienced for family members, Hossain, who worked as a government health worker, was even denied salary for a few months because of his faith. Amazingly, his faithfulness inspired his entire family to eventually embrace Christ.
Hossain was very active in evangelistic outreach to Muslims in Northern Bangladesh. Open Doors later sponsored his daughter and son-in-law so they could attend a Bible college in the Philippines.
Standing One With Them in Prayer
The entire Christian community in Bangladesh is shocked as they grieve Hossain Ali’s murder. People are anxious about the future activities of Islamic extremist groups in the country. Please join them in prayer:
- Pray for the police and local authorities to uphold justice and the safety of Christians.
- Please pray for the victims’ family—that they will experience God’s divine comfort. May God give them His peace and the strength to endure this incredible loss.
- Pray that Christians from various backgrounds and cultures will support and strengthen one another during this critical time in their country.
- Pray that Hossain Ali’s sacrificial death may become a living testimony to his nation.