Persecution Update February 2013: Egypt

Under President Mohamed Morsi’s new constitution in Egypt, radical Islamic law is now the law of the land. Those who convert from Islam to Christianity face prison time because the new constitution limits freedom of speech and religion. One of the legal barriers to conversion is the national ID card which identifies a person by religion. There are severe penalties for Christians changing their ID card status after their conversion from Islam. One recent example is a widow, Nadia Mohamed Ali, who was married to a Muslim man with whom she had seven children. After her husband died, Nadi and her children converted to Christianity, and they attempted to get their religion changed on their national ID card. Under Morsi’s government, Nadia and her children have been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Pray for special grace for Nadia and her children, as well as for other Christians who face persecution under this radical Egyptian regime.