Adnan Bashir is a mentally challenged Christian man living in Gujjar Khan, Punjab.
On 14 April, he wandered from his home and inadvertently encountered a protest being held by members of the Islamist Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) Party.
Seizing the opportunity, the protesters forced the vulnerable Christian man to publicly recite the Islamic creed signifying conversion to Islam. The ‘conversion’ was recorded and posted on social media.
Source: Morning Star News
That evening, Adnan told his family that as he had been watching the protest, his former employer offered him a treat on the condition he joined the demonstrators and recited the creed as requested.
Since the video was published online, Muslim acquaintances have contacted Adnan’s relatives, asking when the rest of the family would embrace Islam. Some have threatened this family with serious consequences if they ‘force’ Adnan to ‘revert’ to Christianity, warning that apostasy is punishable by death.
Adnan’s brother Fayyaz says that members of the party are monitoring the movements of the family members.
“Our lives have become miserable due to the threats and surveillance by TLP activists,” he explained. “We can neither seek help from the police, nor any other government or religious leader, because everyone is fearful of the TLP, and also because this matter can easily be turned into a religious issue.”
Let us pray.
- Pray for safety and guidance for this family of believers as they face this difficult situation.
- May God strengthen Adnan, Fayyaz, and the rest of their family, affirming His presence in their lives and giving them the confidence, discernment and grace they need to overcome the onslaught of persecution.
- Pray for those who are responsible for the forced conversion and threats. May come to know of Christ’s love and forgiveness.