Anila and Perveen
(these names have been changed to protect the individuals and their families)
17 and 18 years old
Anila met Perveen at school. As their friendship grew, Anila gave Perveen a Bible and taught her Christian songs. Perveen quickly learned Christian songs and began to teach them to her younger sister when her parents weren’t home. Perveen’s parents soon learned of the songs. Being strict Muslims, they were not happy about them. But rather than confronting Perveen right away, they had her younger sister try to find out where she was getting this Christian influence.
Anila eventually invited Perveen to a Good Friday service. When the young Muslim heard the Gospel presentation, she immediately accepted Jesus. Perveen became very excited about her new relationship with Jesus and saw great changes take place in her life. She read her Bible and praised God boldly. Anila knew that, before long, her friend would encounter opposition from her family.
Perveen’s parents were furious when they learned of her conversion. They had previously arranged for her to marry a Muslim man. When Perveen again refused, she ran away.
When Perveen’s parents could not find her, they accused Anila and her pastor of kidnapping her. They had Anila arrested. Anila was slapped and beaten in front of her parents for over nine hours. Finally she was taken to prison.
Anila’s pastor and his family were taken to prison on the following day. Anila and her pastor experienced horrible tortures in jail. She was whipped sixteen times (five times would make a normal man pass out). When they were released, Anila could not sit for two months, and her pastor could barely walk from the bruises on his hips and thighs.
Perveen was later found by her family. In Muslim nations, children are often severely beaten for converting to Christianity. Others are killed by their own parents or siblings for apostasy, converting to another faith.
To restore the honor of his family, Perveen’s brother stabbed her to death. He then turned himself in to the local authorities. As is not uncommon in such situations, he was eventually released without incident.
Anila was then arrested on charges of kidnapping.
She was imprisoned, then released on bail a little more than a month later. She and her family went into hiding, as their lives were threatened by radical Muslims.
In May 1999, Anila was acquitted of all charges. Praise God for the prayers of faithful believers around the world! Continue to pray for her protection as she remains in hiding.
“I have seen the world,” Anila said, “and it has nothing good. Jesus is my only peace.”
There are hundreds, maybe thousands of other, similar stories
that are never told of Christian children and teens being killed by
their Muslim parents. Jesus said this would happen:
Brothers will give their own brothers to be killed, and fathers
will give their own children to be killed. Children will fight
against their own parents and have them put to death. All people
will hate you because you follow me, but those people who keep
their faith until the end will be saved.
(Matthew 10:21,22 NCV)
Pray for these young believers, that God will protect them and
strengthen them. Pray for their parents, that they too will come to
know Jesus as Lord. And most of all, forgive their persecutors and
pray for the Muslim people to find the love of Jesus Christ and be
SOURCE: Jesus Freaks. pp 27-29.