Muslim extremists in central Uganda lured a Christian teacher to his home by forcing his wife to call and tell him she was ill, then the intruders beat him and his son.
Abdu Muyinga and his young adult son, Hamisi Sentongo, are nursing injuries after Muslims upset with their conversion to Christianity beat them on 10 December in Busunju Town Council, Mityana District.
“We were attacked and beaten because of leaving Islam, as the sharia [Islamic law] instructs Muslims to kill anyone who leaves Islam,” Muyinga said. “We survived being killed by the grace of the Lord Jesus.”
He and his son left their home at about 8pm for an all-night prayer vigil in Kyanuna village. Seven Muslim extremists went to his home at about 10pm and, not finding them there, learned from his wife that they had gone to the prayer vigil.
“They forced her to make a telephone call indicating that she was seriously ill,” Muyinga said. As they hurried home, they saw three men standing in the middle of the Busunju-Mityana road dressed in white clothes. At first, Muyinga thought that they were traffic police, he said.
“I stopped, and one hit me with a stick on my shoulder, the back, the head and left leg, and I fell unconscious,” he said. “My son sustained slight injuries in the mouth, and his right wrist and hand suffered a fracture, making it very stiff. The attackers left us half-dead and half-naked.”
Five motorcyclists travelling together found them and took them to a medical clinic, where Muyinga regained consciousness, he said. He added that his son was able to recognise one of the assailants, a resident of Kakiri in Wakiso District.
“After converting to Christianity, the story about our conversion circulated countrywide, and five days later, I started receiving threatening messages on my phone of risking being killed for leaving Islam,” he said.
Uganda’s constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith to another. Muslims make up no more than 12 percent of Uganda’s population, with high concentrations in eastern areas of the country.
Source: Morning Star News
Pray these men would be completely healed and fully restored. Pray too for Muyinga’s wife. Ask the
Lord to give them the courage to help them to overcome this attack.
Ask the Lord to use the witness of this family and son as a powerful witness for the gospel.
Pray for the perpetrators, that the Lord may bless them with a revelation of Christ and a willingness
and opportunity to repent.