A Christian man was arrested on January 18th in the Moroccan city of Fez for converting from Islam to Christianity. The Telquel magazine report, quoting sources from the Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH), alleges that the Christian convert was approached by two police officers while in the city’s train station.
The police questioned him while searching his bag, in which they found a Bible and other Christian books, the source said. The man was then taken to the police station for interrogation on suspicion of proselytizing. The same source added that the man was released after being questioned for eleven hours, mainly about his beliefs, his movements and the organization funding his travels.
The Moroccan constitution guarantees religious freedom, but any attempt to shake the faith of Muslims is punished according to the Moroccan Penal Code. According to this code, the proselytizer may face, “six months to three years prison, and a fine of 100 to 500 Dirhams” for using the “means of seduction in order to convert” a Muslim “to another religion, either by exploiting his/her weakness or his/her needs, or using for these purposes education, health, asylums and orphanage institutions.”
We praise God that this man was eventually released. Join us in praying for him and for the Christian church in Morocco.
Father, we bring before You this man, our brother in the faith, who was arrested recently. We thank You for his faithfulness to Christ, even as a new believer, and we thank You for his release. Strengthen him to continue walking in faith in spite of this intimidation. Give him opportunities to share the message of the gospel, the good news of Christ’s redemption, to those living in spiritual darkness, and grant him courage, wisdom and protection as he shares. And we pray for Your church in Morocco; that they will not suffer as a result of this case. Build them up and encourage them with the confidence of Your presence with them, even in difficult or fearful circumstances. We ask both that You cause the light of Christ to shine brightly through their lives for all to see and that You shelter them and protect their faith; that you accomplish both in ways that are often mysterious to our earthly minds. We look toward that day in Morocco when every knee will bow and tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. And it is in His Name that we pray, Amen.