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Iran: Pastor Irani develops blood infection as health deteriorates sharply.

This article is from Christian Solidarity Worldwide….please help…….

 

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has learned that Pastor Benham Irani, currently held in Ghezal Hesar prison in Iran, has developed a blood infection as a result of an ongoing intestinal complication. As his health continues to deteriorate sharply, he is reportedly barely able to speak.

Sources close to CSW report that Pastor Irani may be sent to a hospital for surgery to remove the part of his intestine which is the source of the infection. However, his family has not been informed about possible surgery or whether or not he has been sent to hospital.

Benham Irani pastors the Church of Iran congregation in Karaj. He was arrested in December 2006, and sentenced to six years imprisonment on charges of “action against the state” and “action against the order.” The verdict against him includes text that describes Pastor Irani as an apostate and reiterates that apostates “can be killed”. Furthermore, prison authorities and fellow prisoners have informed him on various occasions that he will not leave the prison “alive”.

Pastor Irani has so far been denied hospital treatment for severe bleeding due to stomach ulcers and complications with his colon, which caused him to lose consciousness at one point. Without adequate medical care, his condition has continued to worsen, prompting concerns that he may have only weeks or months to live.

During the first few months of his imprisonment in Ghezel Hesar Prison, the pastor was held incommunicado in a small cell, where guards would repeatedly wake him from sleep as a form of psychological torture. He was moved into a cramped room where inmates could not lie down to sleep, before being transferred to his current cell, where he sustained regular beatings from his cell mates and prison authorities. As a result of injuries sustained during these assaults, he has difficulty walking. The pastor also has trouble with his vision and has received death threats from fellow prisoners.

CSW’s Advocacy Director Andrew Johnston said, “CSW is deeply concerned for Pastor Irani’s welfare. We continue to urge the Iranian authorities to allow Pastor Irani access to appropriate medical treatment. Reports of his possible hospital admission, if true, are welcome and long overdue, as the delay in his treatment has undoubtedly caused his health to deteriorate sharply. It is also vital that Pastor Irani is protected from fellow prisoners who have threatened his life. CSW continues to call on the Iranian government to honour its obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and facilitate the unconditional release of Pastor Irani, Pastor Nadarkhani, Pastor Farshid Fathi Malayeri and all others currently detained or facing execution on account of their faith following flawed judicial processes.”

For further information or to arrange interviews please contact Kiri Kankhwende, Press Officer at Christian Solidarity Worldwide on +44 (0)20 8329 0045 / +44 (0) 78 2332 9663, email kiri@csw.org.uk or visit http://www.csw.org.uk.

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is a Christian organisation working for religious freedom through advocacy and human rights, in the pursuit of justice.

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Prisoner Profile

PRISONER NAME
LOCATION
ARRESTED
REVISED

Asia Bibi
Pakistan
June 2009
July 17, 2012

Asia Bibi, a 37-year-old Pakistani woman from the village of Ittanwali, was arrested by police on Friday, June 19, 2009. Asia (also called Asia Noreen) is the wife of 50-year-old Ashiq Masih, and their family is one of only three Christian families in a village of 1,500 families.
Many of the local women, including Asia, work on the farm of Muslim landowner Muhammad Idrees. During their work, many of the Muslim women have pressured Asia to renounce Christianity and accept Islam. In June, the pressure became especially strong.
On Friday, June 19, there was an intense discussion among the women about their faith. The Muslim women told Asia about Islam. Asia responded by telling them about her faith in Christ. Asia told the Muslim women Christ had died on the cross for sins, then asked them what Mohammad had done for them, according to VOM sources. She told them Jesus is alive, but Mohammad is dead. “Our Christ is the true prophet of God,” she reportedly told them, “and yours is not true.”
Upon hearing this, the Muslim women became angry and began to beat Asia. Then some men took her and locked her in a room. They announced from the mosque loudspeakers that she would be punished by having her face blackened and being paraded through the village on a donkey. Local Christians informed the police, who took Asia into custody before the Muslims could carry out their plan. She was held at the police station in Nankana city. Christians there urged the police not to file blasphemy charges, but police claimed they were under pressure from local Muslim leaders.
Seventeen months after Asia’s arrest, she was convicted of violating subsection C of Pakistan’s 295 blasphemy law – blasphemy against the prophet Muhammad – and was sentenced to death. No Christian in Pakistan has ever been executed under the blasphemy law, but in several cases,extremists have murdered Christians after their release from prison. Asia’s conviction and death sentence have brought international attention to the country’s blasphemy laws. Christians have called for Asia’s release and for a repeal of the laws, while extremists in Pakistan continue to demand that she be executed.
The Voice of the Martyrs urges Christians around the world to pray for Asia Bibi and her family.
Prison is Tough, Even for the Most Faithful
In April, Asia was going through a rough time. She had to celebrate yet another Easter away from her family. She told her husband, Ashiq, “I am fine, but to be alone and away from my family is frustrating to me. I want to run away from this imprisonment.”
Ashiq encouraged her, and said, “You have been steadfast in your faith so far; be patient and trust in God. He will surely guide you.”
In June, Ashiq reported that Asia was feeling better. She said another group had brought her some food and clothes, and she was thankful for them and for all her prayer supporters.
Monthly Visit With Family
Imprisoned Christian Asia Bibi was visited by her husband, Ashiq, on March 6, 2012. When Asia inquired after her two young daughters, Ashiq told her that the children were healthy and doing well in school. She told him she was feeling discouraged about ever being released.
He said, “Yesterday when we had family prayer, I asked the children what they were praying for. They said, ‘We are praying for those people who are helping us and who are trying to release our Mama.’
At that moment, Ashiq “felt God’s presence, and he said to me, ‘Don’t be afraid, I am with you.'”

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Address for Asia Bibi
District Jail
Sheikhupura
Punjab
Pakistan
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Excerpt from an actual letter created on PrisonerAlert.com

I gave thanks for you when I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus. I pray the eyes, ears and hearts of those who persecute you may open to Jesus. Philippians 1:29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake. Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.




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IRAN: Church raided in run-up to Christmas  06/01/2012

 

In the run-up to Christmas, a church in southern Iran was raided and all of the congregation including Sunday school children and church leaders were detained.  This latest development is a sign of the continued crackdown on Iranian Christians.

Church raided and congregation detained

Iranian authorities in the southern town of Ahwaz raided the Christmas celebrations of an Assemblies of God-affiliated church, detaining everyone in the building, including children attending Sunday school.

According to CSW’s sources, the authorities herded the entire congregation, including children, into two buses that had been brought specifically for this purpose. The majority were interrogated, threatened and eventually released. Although the majority of the congregation were eventually released, the senior pastor, his wife and two elders were detained, although the pastor’s wife and one of the elders have now been released.  

Church’s pastor has been targeted in the past

Pastor Farhad has been detained on several occasions in the past and warned not to allow Muslim converts into his church. This is also not the first time that Christmas celebrations in Iranian churches have been raided in this way. Similar raids and detentions during the Christmas season have occurred in Iran for the last three years.

This wave of arrest comes as Iranian media has been publicising a Christmas message sent to Pope Benedict from Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, in which he congratulated his Christian counterparts on the “auspicious anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ”, wished blessing, happiness and prosperity to the Pope and all Christians in the coming year, and stated that the world’s ills were caused by ignoring ethics and justice.

CSW speaking up for Iran’s Christians

CSW’s Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said, “Mr Larijani’s Christmas message may have been well intentioned, but it is entirely undermined by these arrests, which violate the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and Iran’s own constitution. The Iranian authorities often insist that Christians are being arrested for indulging in actions that threaten public security, however, it is difficult to conceive how children attending Sunday school or, for that matter, legitimate Christmas celebrations fit into this category. It increasingly appears as if the Iranian regime has decided to deem every act of Christian worship a threat to national security. If this is indeed the case, then the right to freedom of religion or belief is gravely under threat in Iran.”

Send cards of encouragement

In response to the arrests the Iranian Church in London is asking for cards of encouragement to be sent to the children, who may have been traumatised by their ordeal. Cards can be sent to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, P.O. Box 99, New Malden, Surrey KT3 3YF. Any mail will be forwarded to the church through CSW’s contacts in Iran.

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Girl’s school expulsion for blasphemy alarms British Pakistani Christians

Girl’s school expulsion for blasphemy alarms British Pakistani Christians

 

Christians make up less than 3 per cent of Pakistan’s population and face severe persecution for their faith, including frequent accusations of blasphemy that can prove fatal

British Pakistani Christians have voiced dismay over the expulsion of a Christian girl from a school over blasphemy allegations.

Faryal Bhatti was accused of blasphemy by officials at Sir Syed Girls High School in Pakistan Ordnance Factories (POF) colony in Havelian, near Abbottabad.

The accusation was made after she misspelled a word in a class test on a poem praising the Prophet Muhammad.

She was reportedly beaten by her teacher over the mistake before the school took the decision to expel her.

A rally was held by local Muslims demanding that criminal charges be brought against Bhatti. At Friday prayers last week, imams said her entire family should be punished.

The decision to expel her was taken by officials following a meeting with the girl and her mother in which Bhatti apologised and tried to explain that it had been a simple spelling mistake.

The girl’s mother, a nurse, has since been moved by the authorities from her place of work at a nearby hospital to another hospital further away from the school.

Wilson Chowdhry, head of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said this was not an isolated incident and that Christians in Pakistani schools are forced to take Islamic lessons and face pressure to convert or take part in Islamic worship.

He said Bhatti’s expulsion “demonstrates that too often there is little difference between the ‘mainstream’ and ‘extremist’ educational establishments in Pakistan”.

He criticised the British Government’s decision to continue investing millions of pounds in Pakistan’s education system when it “routinely and systematically discriminates against and oppresses children of minority religions, and effectively increases Islamic extremist practices”.

“Without extremely stringent controls and monitoring, it is highly likely that even without any of the regular brand of corruption, Cameron will have pledged hundreds of millions of tax-payers money to an education system that effectively furthers Islamic extremism and imperialism at the expense of minority faith children,” he said.

The Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement, which provides free legal support to persecuted Christians in Pakistan, has also condemned the blasphemy claims against Bhatti.

Its UK coordinator Nasir Saeed said: “The spelling mistake that Bhatti made was a matter of adding one dot to a word. Just a single dot has made her a criminal and changed her life.

“It is a mistake she may have to pay for the rest of her life as blasphemy charges carry a terrible stigma .

“This is yet another demonstration of how wildly Pakistan’s blasphemy laws are being abused to persecute Christians.

“The Pakistani government should reform the laws immediately to protect the lives of Christians and other minorities who have clearly committed no crime.”

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Please read the rule Book

I was just thinking today Why are we here? or better still who put us here in this big world?I suppose if i could stand up and be really truthful I would say God put us here…Before you all jump up and start shouting things like there is no God or Rubbish can someone tell me otherwise?The more I look at life and look at all the things around me and the beauty of nature something must be behind it.Did we just crawl out of the sea and suddenly wow we are here!…or did someone make everything someone who if we let him will control our lives and help us make sense of it all.I suppose people would say God did nothing for me…well have you asked him..I know a bit about football and I know that I can not lift the ball and throw it into the net and scream Goal!!!Its against the rules how do I know? it is in the rule book! then why do so many people say there is no God but havent read the rulebook the Bible.If there is a God and as I say i think there is a God why do so many people not believe in him or have no time for him is it because they could not be bothered to read the bible? LOTS OF PEOPLE SAY I have asked God for such and such a thing and got nothing! what do you expect ?YOU WOULD NOT WALK INTO A STRANGERS HOUSE AND SAY MAKE ME MY TEA OR I AM TAKING THE CAR TONIGHT GIVE ME THE KEYS! why because you do not know the people in that house they are strangers! how then will they ever know God and his goodness unless they read the rulebook and study it and talk to him!.In todays society we live fast too fast we want everything and we want it now but if you shut your eyes for a few moments in a quiet place sit down in the quiet and listen….that is you thinking! a unique being a one off person there is nobody in the whole world like you that is a big thought! do this for a while and then ask yourself who am I? what am I? did something make me? what is my destiny,For me it makes scense that God made us and wants us to know about himself he really wants us to read the Bible and understand it. I often think God is shouting at us …over here look over here! its me! find out about me read the rulebook it is not all don’t do this and don’t do that there is a way of life for you I can provide it! don’t look at others! don’t compare me to anyone !find out for yourself you may be suprised what you will find! read the rulebook!Today is sunny I am in the garden the grass is cut the flowers are blooming the smell of scent fills the air,the insects are going about their business the birds are building nests life goes onlife can be good and life can be hard sometimes very hard…so what is is all about?who are we? what are we? is there meaning to life? why am I here?I have just shut my eyes I am sitting in the garden on this lovely hot summer afternoon life goes on all around me and….. hey did someone just shout…over here over here..Please read the RuleBook Please…

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Are you having a bad time is life hard for you? …Please read this… It may bring comfort to you and your family..Please read this carefully …Life can be hard very hard sometimes and we say why me…I hope this will bring hope into your life…

The following is from the bible Job Chapter 5 It may be useful to read the whole story…I will leave it up to you….

Job 6 >>

5:1 “Call now; is there anyone who will answer you?
To which of the holy ones will you turn?
2 Surely vexation kills the fool,
and jealousy slays the simple.
3 I have seen the fool taking root,
but suddenly I cursed his dwelling.
4 His children are far from safety;
they are crushed in the gate,
and there is no one to deliver them.
5 The hungry eat his harvest,
and he takes it even out of thorns, [1]
and the thirsty pant [2] after his [3] wealth.
6 For affliction does not come from the dust,
nor does trouble sprout from the ground,
7 but man is born to trouble
as the sparks fly upward.

 This part is powerful I THINK!!!!!!!!

 8 As for me, I would seek God,

and to God would I commit my cause,
9 who does great things and unsearchable,
marvelous things without number:

10 he gives rain on the earth
and sends waters on the fields;
11 he sets on high those who are lowly,
and those who mourn are lifted to safety.

12 He frustrates the devices of the crafty,
so that their hands achieve no success.

13 He catches the wise in their own craftiness,
and the schemes of the wily are brought to a quick end.
14 They meet with darkness in the daytime
and grope at noonday as in the night.
15 But he saves the needy from the sword of their mouth
and from the hand of the mighty.

16 So the poor have hope,
and injustice shuts her mouth.

17 “Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves;
therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.
18 For he wounds, but he binds up;
he shatters, but his hands heal.
19 He will deliver you from six troubles;
in seven no evil [4] shall touch you.
20 In famine he will redeem you from death,
and in war from the power of the sword.

21 You shall be hidden from the lash of the tongue,
and shall not fear destruction when it comes.

22 At destruction and famine you shall laugh,
and shall not fear the beasts of the earth.
23 For you shall be in league with the stones of the field,

and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
24 You shall know that your tent is at peace,
and you shall inspect your fold and miss nothing.

25 You shall know also that your offspring shall be many,
and your descendants as the grass of the earth.
26 You shall come to your grave in ripe old age,
like a sheaf gathered up in its season.

27 Behold, this we have searched out; it is true.
Hear, and know it for your good.”
[5]

 

 

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