Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Four Christians arrested in Saudi Arabia for praying at home

Here is the Story.

Jeddah, Jun. 26, 2006 (CNA) - Two Ethiopian and two Eritrean Christians have been arrested and incarcerated in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for conducting prayers in their home.

The Compass Direct news agency reported that the religious police, called Muttawa, armed with wooden clubs, broke into a private residence in Jeddah two weeks ago and arrested the four Christians - the four remain in prison.

More than 100 Eritrean, Ethiopian and Filipino Christians were gathered in the house when the Muttawa arrested the four group leaders: Mekbeb Telahun, Fekre Gebremedhin, Dawit Uqbay and Masai Wendewesen. The few Christians in Saudi Arabia are mostly migrant workers.

The government of Saudi Arabia forbids the practice of any religion other than the fundamentalist Wahhabite version of Islam. It prohibits building places of worship, churches, or chapels. Any public expressions of faith, such as carrying a Bible, a crucifix, or rosary beads, and praying in public are forbidden.


1 comment:

VIVA said...

Someone on that forum (catholicnewsagency.com) said, “let's pray for the victims of Islam”.
A few years ago, I visited a site on which were prayers and requests for prayers for the “victims” of Islam, but the word ‘victims’ meant “Muslims”, as they are the first victims of Islam.
I have to look for the link, so you can see what I’m talking about.

For now, all we can do is pray for the victims of Islam.
Pray for Christians-victims for strength and protection and Muslims-“victims” to see the light.