Persecuted Christian: My ordeal as an ex-Muslim in Iran and Turkey
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Jihad Watch : Editor’s note: the identity of the author of this piece cannot be
revealed for obvious reasons. Below is a picture of his back after his
encounter with Iranian authorities.
Believing the wrong thing and having the wrong faith according to
Islam, somehow is justifiable enough under Islamic Law to be prosecuted
and even killed for. That was my crime: believing in something that Iranian authorities and Islam deemed dangerous for their existence. Coming from a family with secretive Christian beliefs, I always loved
Christianity, even though I wasn’t always practicing it when I was a
My father had several paintings of Jesus Christ and Mother Mary, an
old Bible from before the Iranian revolution, several books about
Christianity, and crosses, statues and several other things. They had direct and indirect influence on my belief system. When I
was very young, I used to open the Quran and the Bible and read from
them. I always felt a strong connection to Christianity when reading the
New Testament, but in contrast, I never felt anything positive when
reading the Quran. Chapter and verse, I would encounter things that I
could not convince myself were from a merciful God.
Schools forcing us to pray and attend religious speeches. I never
felt right about them. The often stinky rooms filled with smells of
unwashed socks. The loud unpleasant noise of Islamic prayer, hearing
chants of death to America and Israel left and right, systematic sexism
against women and discrimination against other religious minorities or
belief systems, claiming the moral high ground while calling for the
annihilation of Israel and America and lots of other things. Never felt
right, nor something Divine.
I always felt a strong contradiction between the merciful divine God mentioned in Christianity and the “Allah” of Islam. I was extremely lucky to be born into a family that gave me a chance
to know Christianity and understand Islam. Not everyone is that lucky.