Christmas in Iran
  • 27 November 2019

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, although the official religion is Shiite Muslim, many people celebrate Christmas. Ethnic Armenian and Assyrian Christians, though closely monitored, are allowed to practise their own faith. In observing Christmas, they celebrate Jesus as the Son of God. Many Muslim people also celebrate Christmas. They enjoy Christmas trees and other […]

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Christmas in Jordan
  • 27 November 2019

Christmas Day is an official public holiday in Jordan and, although Christians make up less than 10% of the population, the majority of homes and businesses are adorned with Christmas decorations. Christians in Jordan celebrate the birth of Jesus as the Son of God, while the Muslim majority participates in the commercialism of Christmas – […]

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IRAN: Upcoming Court Hearing
  • 21 November 2019

Christians in Iran face constant danger when living out their faith. This is particularly true for those who convert from Islam. For many, faith in Christ leads to torture and imprisonment. Ismaeil Maghrebinejad, 65, was taken into custody in January on charges of propaganda against the state. In a hearing on 22 October, charges of […]

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IRAN: Ebrahim Firouzi Released from Prison
  • 31 October 2019

Ebrahim Firouzi was released from Rajaei Shahr prison on 26 October. He will now serve two years’ internal exile in the city of Sarbaz, near the border with Pakistan. The prison warden wanted to send Ebrahim directly to exile, but he was allowed temporary release to sort out personal affairs, including retrieving personal documents still […]

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IRAN: Nine Christians Sentenced to Five Year Imprisonment
  • 24 October 2019

Earlier this week, nine Iranian Christians were sentenced to five years in prison for “acting against national security” for their participation in a home church in Rasht. Pastor Matthias Haghnejad, Khalil Dehkanpour, Hossein (Elisha) Kadivar, Kamal Naamanian, Mohammed Vafada, Shahrooz Eslamdous, Babak Hosseinzadeh, Mehdi Khatibi and Behnam Akhlaghi were accused at their preliminary hearings of “acting […]

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