Dhaka, death threats against the family of a Christian convert from Islam
Upon hearing of his son’s conversion, Rashidul’s father Ruhul suffered a stroke and was partially paralysed. He remains under treatment. The family home was ransacked by local Muslims.
Ruhul told AsiaNews that since his son’s conversion he has been ostracised by Muslim clerics and cannot even go to the local mosque to pray.
He and his family are confined to their own home and no one pays them any visit anymore.
He cannot understand why they have been rejected. Following his son’s conversion he read the Bible and the Qur‘an and did not find that many differences. Instead he said that the Holy Qur‘an itself describes Christians as Muslims’ closest friends.
Last Saturday he received a letter from ‘Allahr Dal’ (Allah’s Group), an extremist Islamic group banned for its violent views. In it he is accused of being a “tool” of Christians to destroy Islam. They order him to “sacrifice” his son Rashidul because the latter’s conversion has brought into disrepute the whole Muslim community.
He concludes saying that “we don’t even have the courage to go to the police” to file a complaint.
Speaking to AsiaNews, a Christian woman, Annie Halder, said that such threats should not be underestimated.
Allahr Dal is thought to be closely linked to Muslim extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
“The lives of Christian converts from Islam are in great danger in Bangladesh. We have seen converts murdered as the government failed to protect them.”