Sudan Mom Re-Arrested One Day after Release


Daniel Wani, holding Martin - Meriam Ibrahim, holding Maya

Daniel Wani, holding Martin – Meriam Ibrahim, holding Maya

 

The Sudanese Christian that was imprisoned with a death sentence while pregnant for being a Christian. A Sudanese Court cleared her and she was released from prison along with her two children (one a baby daughter born in jail). Today on June 24 I found out she was re-arrested as she was trying to get passage out of Sudan at Khartoum International airport. As of the time I read about Meriam’s re-arrest at CBN News no official reason was given for further incarceration.

 

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Sudan Mom Re-Arrested One Day after Release

 

By Caitlin Burke

June 24, 2014

CBN News

 

One day after a Sudanese court annulled her death sentence, Meriam Ibrahim was re-arrested along with her family Tuesday at the international airport in Khartoum while trying to leave the country.

 

Ibrahim’s lawyer says no reason was given for why the family was taken into custody, saying the court did not impose any travel restrictions when it dropped the charges.

 

The mother of two had been sentenced to death for marrying a Christian and “abandoning” the Muslim faith.

 

Ibrahim, who was jailed along with her toddler son, was forced to give birth to her second child, a daughter, while in prison.

 

***Jordan Sekulow, executive director for the American Center for Law and Justice, talked more about Ibrahim’s plight what the ACLJ is doing to help on Newswatch, June 24.

 

The case drew outrage from the international community. Protesters recently gathered outside the White House to demand action by the Obama administration.

 

“She and the children should be reunited at home with her family rather than held in prison on charges of apostasy,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, calling Sudan to repeal it’s (sic) anti-human rights laws.
 
He also suggested that Sudan repeal any Islamic laws that go against basic human rights.
    
Meanwhile, the American Center for Law and Justice is calling Ibrahim’s arrest a “deeply troubling” development.

 

“The decision to take the entire family into custody is a violation of international law and we call on Sudan to release them without delay,” ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow said in a statement.

 

Sekulow says the ACLJ has launched a global campaign on behalf of Meriam and her family.

 

“Now, we must focus on pressuring Sudan to release her and the family and permit them to return to the United States. Time is of the essence,” he warned.

 

“We must apply immediate international pressure to free Meriam and her family,” he continued. “And we must urge the Obama administration to grant Meriam and her American kids safe passage and immediate legal status in the United States.”

 

So far, there is no word of reaction from the White House on Ibrahim’s detainment.

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VERY IMPORTANT ACLJ Pastor Saeed Updates


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Posted December 7, 2013

 

Here are a couple of emails from ACLJ updating Pastor Saeed Abedini incarceration in a deplorable Iranian prison for simply being a Christian. Following the two emails I am posting an ACLJ update pertaining Congressional Hearings about Pastor Saeed’s unjust imprisonment.

 

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Saeed robbed, life threatened

 

Sent by Jordan Sekulow

Sent: Dec 4, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Sent by ACLJ

 

Deadly threats to American Pastor Saeed are increasing.

 

We have just learned that he has been repeatedly robbed and threatened at knifepoint by fellow prisoners in the deadly Iranian prison to which he has been transferred.

 

His health is quickly deteriorating. Iranian authorities refuse to give him medication and deplorable prison conditions have led to lice, malnourishment, and weight loss.

 

Iran has sent him to disappear. The U.S. government has abandoned this U.S. citizen. Pastor Saeed has been left for dead.

 

We must be his voice.

 

I, along with ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, am in Europe meeting with key world leaders urging pressure on Iran for Saeed’s release.

 

Join us in these meetings by signing our petition, and let the world know Pastor Saeed is not forgotten.

 

Sign the Petition to Stand with Pastor Saeed at BeHeardProject.com.

 

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

 

P.S. As we mobilize our global resources for the persecuted Church, generous donors have agreed to double every tax-deductible gift through our year-end Matching Challenge.

 

Donate to Be Heard Project for Pastor Saeed

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Pastor Saeed malnourished

 

Sent: Dec 5, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Sent by:  Jordan Sekulow

Sent from: ACLJ

 

Awoken at knifepoint, robbed of basic necessities, and denied critical medication. This is what American Pastor Saeed faces on a daily basis – imprisoned in a deadly Iranian prison because of his faith.

 

What we learned this week is truly horrific.

 

Pastor Saeed is malnourished, losing weight, covered in lice, surrounded by murderers, and suffering under increasing pain.

 

He is being left for dead.

 

We must never let this happen.

 

I am with a team from the ACLJ in Europe, meeting with key world leaders to Save Saeed. We are telling them that this U.S. citizen has not been forgotten by hundreds of thousands – that you are standing with him. Be his voice. Be Heard.

 

Sign the Petition to Stand with Pastor Saeed at BeHeardProject.com Today.

 

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

 

P.S. As we mobilize our global resources for the persecuted Church, generous donors have agreed to double every tax-deductible gift through our year-end Matching Challenge.

 

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American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s Wife and ACLJ to Testify Before Congress Next Week on His Worsening Plight

 

By Jordan Sekulow

Dec. 6, 2013 12:05 PM

ACLJ

 

In a critical development in American Pastor Saeed Abedini’s case, Congress will hold a hearing next week on his worsening plight.

 

Pastor Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, and I have been asked to testify about Pastor Saeed’s dire situation as Members of Congress seek to once again elevate the plight of this U.S. citizen who been abandoned and wrongly imprisoned in Iran because of his faith.

 

A joint subcommittee hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has been set for next, Thursday, December 12th at 9:30am.

 

The hearing before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, chaired by Representative Chris Smith (NJ), and the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, chaired by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL), will focus on Pastor Saeed’s worsening plight.

 

We are grateful for this opportunity to elevate Pastor Saeed’s case, and it could not come at a more pivotal moment.

 

Last month Pastor Saeed was transferred from the political prisoner ward of Evin prison, a notoriously dangerous prison, to the violent criminal ward of Rajai Shahr prison, the deadliest prison in Iran.  This week we learned that Pastor Saeed has been repeatedly robbed and threatened at knifepoint in this new prison.

 

Pastor Saeed’s health is also deteriorating.  He is experiencing increased pain in his stomach as he is being denied necessary medication by Iranian authorities.  He is malnourished, covered in lice, and losing weight because of horrendous prison conditions.

 

In light of his deadly situation and the Obama Administration’s refusal to even ask for Pastor Saeed’s release in recent direct negotiations with Iran, it is imperative that Congress speak out.  The U.S. State Department and the Obama Administration must make Pastor Saeed’s freedom a true priority.

 

The life of a U.S. citizen – whose only “crime” is his Christian faith – is a stake.

 

More details and hearing location are available on the Committee’s website.

 

Stand with Pastor Saeed as we stand before Congress by singing the petition at BeHeardProject.com.

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Iran Continues to Persecute Pastor Saeed for his Faith


Saeed Abedini, Pastor

John R. Houk

© November 16, 2013

 

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) sent an email that is headlined as being about born in Iran but a naturalized U.S. Citizen Pastor Saeed Abedini who was essentially arrested for being a Christian while in Iran aiding in the construction of an orphanage. Of course that is not the official reason for his 2012 arrest was originally for proselytizing Christ the Savior the Son of God. Then the proselytizing charge was upgraded to a violation of National Security for leading an underground Church movement in Iran. Since Pastor Saeed’s arrest he has been tortured to deny Christ but has refused to renounce his faith in Jesus Christ.

 

There are several links to ACLJ stories and three of those stories updates of Pastor Saeed. I am focusing on the Pastor Saeed updates that are arranged by the dates 11/15, 11/11 and 11/12. The email is entitled “Critical developments for Saeed”. The word critical got my attention. For me Pastor Saeed is a critical example of how Muslims treat Christians in Muslim dominated lands. Pastor Saeed is an excellent reason for Christians en masse to march on Muslim nation Embassies, in Pastor Saeed’s case to find Iranian diplomatic missions all over the world to let Muslims be aware that the persecution of Christians for the free exercise of their faith is intolerable.

 

There currently is no Iranian Embassy in the USA. This is understandable since Shi’ite Islamofascists overrun the U.S. Embassy in Iran and held Americans hostage for about a year. To be more specific the government of the then new Khomeini regime did absolutely nothing as Iranians violated American sovereign land by virtue of diplomatic conventions and protocol. Here in America a good place to let Iran know that Christians are displeased with Sharia Law inspired persecution of Christians is at the Iranian Mission at the United Nations located in New York City:

 

Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations

622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor

New York, NY 10017

 

Phone: (212) 687-2020

Fax: (212) 867-7086

Email: iran@un.int

 

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And of course we Americans can travel to Canada:

 

Address: Iranian Embassy Canada

245 Metcalfe St.
Ottawa ON K2P 2K2
Canada

 

Phone: local: (613) 235.4726

International: +1.613.235.4726

 

Fax: local: (613) 233.5712

International: +1.613.233.5712

 

Email: mohebi@salamiran.org

Website: http://www.salamiran.org/

 

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Iranian Embassy; Ottawa; Street View

 

 

 

Admittedly I am not an activist organizer. What I am praying for is that someone reads this post that indeed has the skills to organize huge protests and deliver on one or more PEACEFUL Christ-like protests. We can show that Christians don’t yell such idiocy as death to Muslims or death to Iran, but that we can let it be known that persecution allowed and encoded by law is an unacceptable human rights violation. We are ONE in the Lord and if the right hand suffers the whole body suffers!

 

Below is each update link cross posted in order of date rather than the email order.

 

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Pastor Saeed Denied his Medication

 

By Jordan Sekulow

Nov. 11, 2013 4:41 PM

American Center of Justice and Law

 

This morning Pastor Saeed’s father tried to visit his son at Rajai Shahr prison, located in Karaj, Iran, only to be turned away by prison officials.  Saeed’s father had brought with him some of Saeed’s personal belongings, blankets to keep him warm, and the medication doctors had prescribed Saeed last July to treat the injuries he had sustained while in Evin prison.  Prison officials told the father Saeed could not have any personal belongs, including his medication.

 

As we reported just over a week ago, Iranian officials transferred Saeed from Evin prison in Tehran to Rajai Shahr, where Saeed is now sharing a cell with some of Iran’s most violent criminals – murderers and rapists.

 

Reports state that Rajai Shahr prison was built to house 5,000 inmates, but at present the prison holds roughly 22,000 inmates.  Such overcrowding has led to what many call “deadly and inhuman” conditions within the prison.  Human rights groups report that prisoners in Rajai Shahr do not have access to fresh air, proper nutrition, and that louse and communicable diseases are wide spread.

  

Saeed’s health had been improving with his medication in Evin prison, but with horrendous conditions in Rajai Shahr and the lack of proper medication, Saeed’s health will likely deteriorate quickly.

 

Please join us in prayer for Saeed’s health and protection.  Take action in urging our nation’s leaders to take action to directly engage diplomatically to save Pastor Saeed’s life.  Sign the petition to immediately intervene to #SaveSaeed at BeHeardProject.com.

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The Church at Large Has a Responsibility to Pastor Saeed

 

By ACLJ.org

Nov. 12, 2013 3:41 PM

American Center for Law and Justice

(This article was written by Bill Haynes, Sr. Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Somerset KY.)

 

It is far too easy for American Christians to hear of the imprisonment and brutal treatment of Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran and just be complacent about it.  After all, we are not being imprisoned for our faith, and shouldn’t Pastor Saeed have known that Iran is a dangerous place to begin with?

 

Attitudes like that will betray a brand of “Christianity” that is shaped more by lifestyle than by worldview, more by culture than by God’s Word. The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us, “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body” (13:3). Our thoughts and prayers are to be with our brothers and sisters suffering in prison for their faith as if we were right there beside them. Why? Because we are a part of the same body, the Body of Christ. And the Apostle Paul makes it clear that when one part of the body hurts it effects the entire body, even if halfway around the earth (1 Corinthians 12:26).

 

When Peter was imprisoned in the early days of the church, Luke tells us, “So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.” (Acts 12:5). Peter was imprisoned for the single fact that he was preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was sharing good news that would change the hearts and lives of men and women if they would believe.  But that was seen as a threat to the “security” of the existing authorities, both religious and civil.

 

The church did not merely go into a helpless mode when Peter was kept in prison, but rather they became very active in prayer. Luke says the church “fervently prayed to God” on Peter’s behalf. The church believed that they served a God who is greater than Herod and that their God could deliver Peter if He so willed.

 

That is the call and challenge to the church in the United States and around the world today. We must be in “fervent” prayer on behalf of Pastor Saeed. He is a part of our body. He is our brother in Christ, and if he is hurting then the whole body is to hurt with him and hold him up to our Heavenly Father.

 

Pastor Saeed was working with orphans in Iran. Granted this work was because he is a follower of Jesus and seeking to obey Him, but it was also for the good of the Iranian people, not to undercut them in any way. It is somewhat ironic that the charges against him are for “attempting to undermine the national security of Iran by gathering with fellow Christians in private homes.

 

There are several things that we need to be praying for in this situation.

 

  1. Pray that God will bring about the release of Pastor Saeed. Whether he does this in the miraculous way He did with Peter in Acts 12, or through the efforts of the ACLJ and diplomatic channels, is not the issue. But we have to realize that God’s ways are not our ways and His are always best and right! As Paul says, “Oh, the depths of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways.” (Romans 11:33).

 

  1. Pray that, while imprisoned, Pastor Saeed will bring glory to God through his suffering. The Bible teaches us that we are to seek God’s glory in every place we find ourselves. In extraordinary circumstances like this but also in everyday, even mundane, things like eating and drinking (1st Corinthians 10:31)

 

  1. Pray that God will use Pastor Saeed’s circumstances to see many come to know Jesus Christ as Lord. Paul saw this happen while imprisoned in Rome. Paul tells the church at Philippi that “Now I want you to know, brethren, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel, so that my imprisonment in the cause of Christ has become well known throughout the whole praetorian guard and to everyone else,” (Philippians 1:12-13) God uses situations that we see as negative to spread the gospel.

 

So perhaps God is going to use this horrible situation for the Abedini family to awaken the church in America to the real persecution and attacks that exist against Christianity in other parts of the world.  Perhaps God is wanting to wake us from our slumber, our comfort, and be challenged to intercede and be involved with other parts of our “body” in very different and very dangerous parts of the world.

 

God was not caught off guard by Pastor Saeed’s circumstances; and God is not helpless to use these for Saeed’s good and for the good of the church, and for His own glory. May we Christians be sensitive to all that God is doing, and may we be obedient to His call to strengthen the body of Christ, the church, to face the spiritual warfare that is very real in our world. And may we stand in His grace, His truth, and wear the spiritual armor that Paul spoke about in Ephesians 6:10-20.

 

Let’s do battle in prayer for Pastor Saeed and the Abedini family and for God’s church around the world.

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Senate Unanimously Passes Resolution for American Pastor Saeed’s Release

 

By Jordan Sekulow

Nov. 15, 2013 12:53 PM

American Center for Law and Justice

 

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution that directly calls “on the Government of Iran to immediately release Saeed Abedini and all other individuals detained on account of their religious beliefs.”

 

This critical bipartisan Senate resolution was sponsored by Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Rand Paul (R-KY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Cornyn (R-TX), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rob Portman (R-OH), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

 

The Senate resolution concludes:

 

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) recognizes that freedom of religious belief and practice is a universal human right and a fundamental freedom of every individual, regardless of race, sex, country, creed, or nationality, and should never be arbitrarily abridged by any government;

(2) recognizes that governments have a responsibility to protect the fundamental rights of their citizens; and

(3) calls on the Government of Iran to immediately release Saeed Abedini and all other individuals detained on account of their religious beliefs.

 

This is a critical step forward in increasing pressure on the Iranian government to release Pastor Saeed – a U.S. citizen.

 

A similar resolution is currently pending in the U.S. House of Representatives after clearing a key procedural hurdle yesterday.  We are hopeful that this resolution will be approved quickly as well.

 

In light of his recent transfer to Rajai Shahr Prison – an extremely deadly prison where prisoner on prisoner violence leads to the murder of many inmates – it is more critical now that ever to voice our support for Pastor Saeed.  The U.S. government must not let this U.S. citizen be forgotten.

 

Iranian authorities may have sent him away to disappear, but we will not be silent.

More than 228,000 Americans have signed a petition to President Obama urging him to reengage this critical issue and help bring this persecuted pastor back home to his family.  Join with us in the critical time by signing the petition at BeHeardProject.com.

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Iran Continues to Persecute Pastor Saeed for his Faith

John R. Houk

© November 16, 2013

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3 Posts from ACLJ Email – Critical developments for Saeed

Sent: 11/16/2013 7:51 AM

 

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As ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow continued to build his legal and legislative team, the ACLJ experienced tremendous success in litigating cases at all levels of the judiciary – from the federal district court level to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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Continue to Remember Pastor Saeed Persecuted in Iran


Saeed & Naghmeh Abdenin - Save from Iranian Prison

John R. Houk

© September 20, 2013

 

Too often we Christians tend to lose sight of those being persecuted for believing that Jesus Christ the Son of God and Savior is Lord of all. This is especially the case when individuals in Muslim dominated nations that have received high profile media coverage of their persecution and/or incarceration merely for being a Christian or refusing to renounce their faith. God forgive there are many, but the person I am thinking of at present is naturalized American citizen Pastor Saeed Abedini imprisoned in Iran initially under the false claim of proselytizing in Iran and then upgrading the false claim to a national security threat. The truth was Pastor Saeed was visiting family while helping with the construction of an orphanage.

 

 

The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) has managed to keep Pastor Saeed in the public eye. Below are a series of emails I have received as updates which will also include a message of support which is valid for money keeps the Christian activism flowing.

 

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Our most critical effort for Pastor Saeed

 

Sent by Jordan Sekulow

Sent: September 16, 2013

ACLJ

 

Today, we are launching the largest online campaign in ACLJ history.

And it’s all for Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran simply because he is a Christian.

 

It’s been nearly one year – 52 weeks – since Pastor Saeed’s illegal captivity at the hands of the Iranians.

 

Now, Iran has a new president, and he claims to be more moderate than his predecessor.

 

We’re going to hold him to his word.

 

Using a brand-new website that raises awareness for the persecuted church and gives a voice to the voiceless, we’re asking you to write a letter to President Hassan Rouhani asking that he free Pastor Saeed.

 

We’ve written text you can use, or you can customize to send your own message, but our goal is simple: 52,000 letters asking President Rouhani to save Saeed.

 

We will send President Rouhani 1,000 letters every week until Pastor Saeed is free.

 

Be heard. Help save Saeed.

 

Write a Letter to Save Pastor Saeed.

 

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

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Be Heard for Pastor Saeed

 

Sent by Jordan Sekulow

Sent: September 17, 2013

ACLJ

 

We are launching the largest online campaign in ACLJ history.

 

And it’s all for Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in Iran simply because he is a Christian.

 

It’s been nearly one year – 52 weeks – since Pastor Saeed’s illegal captivity at the hands of the Iranians.

 

Now, Iran has a new president, and he claims to be more moderate than his predecessor.

 

We’re going to hold him to his word.

 

Using a brand-new website that raises awareness for the persecuted church and gives a voice to the voiceless, we’re asking you to write a letter to President Hassan Rouhani asking that he free Pastor Saeed.

 

We’ve written text you can use, or you can customize to send your own message, but our goal is simple: 52,000 letters asking President Rouhani to save Saeed.

 

We will send President Rouhani 1,000 letters every week until Pastor Saeed is free.

 

Be heard. Help save Saeed.

 

Write a Letter to Save Pastor Saeed.

 

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

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From Saeed’s cell

 

Sent by Jay Sekulow

Sent: September 18, 2013

ACLJ

 

From the confines of his prison cell, Pastor Saeed has written a letter to Iran’s new president asking for his freedom.

 

His heartfelt plea: “Considering the fact that I came to Iran to serve the orphans, please do not let them make my children orphans and my wife without a guardian.”

 

We have joined with Pastor Saeed, launching a brand-new letter-writing campaign to Iran’s president on a brand-new website. It’s a critical effort, and your response has been overwhelming.

 

In just the first 48 hours, we are already over two-thirds the way to our goal – 52,000 letters for the 52 weeks of his illegal imprisonment.

 

You can sign the letter or write one of your own, and we will deliver it to Iran’s president.

 

Be Heard! Write a letter for Pastor Saeed’s freedom today.

 

Jay Sekulow
ACLJ Chief Counsel

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Seize the moment for Saeed

 

Sent by Jay Sekulow, ACLJ Chief Counsel

Sent: September 20, 2013

ACLJ

 

Next week is the one-year anniversary of Pastor Saeed’s illegal imprisonment.

 

It’s also Iran’s new president’s first trip to America as he addresses the United Nations.

 

Now is the time to speak out, to urge Iran to release Pastor Saeed.

 

United States Ambassador to the U.N., Samantha Powers, is seizing the moment calling for Pastor Saeed’s release.

 

Tens of thousands have written letters through our new website, blowing past our 52,000 letter goal. Help us reach our new goal of 104,000 letters – 2,000 for every week of Saeed’s imprisonment.

 

Demand Saeed’s Freedom. Write a letter. Be Heard.

 

Jay Sekulow
ACLJ Chief Counsel

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Continue to Remember Pastor Saeed Persecuted in Iran

John R. Houk

© September 20, 2013

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Pastor Saeed Writes of “Psychological Warfare,” “Physical Violence,” and “Death Threats” in Iranian Prison


Saeed Abedini

American Pastor Saeed Abedini was arrested in Iran for being a Christian and with the false accusation of proselytizing threatening Iran’s national security when he agreed not to do so. Pastor Saeed was during work in a Christian orphanage when the Iranian government decided to arrest him.

 

Everyone that knows about Islam and Iran knew that Pastor Saeed was being tortured. A letter he managed to smuggle out of the notorious Evin Prison reveals that the Pastor is indeed being tortured to force him to recant his faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God and Savior.

 

In true Christian martyr fashion Pastor Saeed has refused to recant and rejoin Islam.

 

I have to be honest I don’t know if I would be that strong in the face of torture. My mindset would be God have mercy for being forced to recant under tortuous mutilation at the hand of Muslim trying to force a conversion out of me. I believe I can die for my faith, I just don’t know if I can withstand torture.

 

So I pray for Pastor Saeed’s protection, strength and deliverance from the oppression of Iran’s Islamic Sharia Law the religion of compulsion – no matter what any Muslim apologist might tell you!

 

Below is an article from the American Center from Law and Justice (ACLJ) that includes Pastor Saeed Abedini’s smuggled letter.

 

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Pastor Saeed Writes of “Psychological Warfare,” “Physical Violence,” and “Death Threats” in Iranian Prison

 

By Jay Sekulow

Feb. 22, 2013 8:38 AM

ACLJ

 

VIDEO: #SAVESAEED

 

Earlier this week, American Pastor Saeed Abedini was able to write a letter to his wife and supporters detailing the horrific conditions he suffers in Iran’s brutal Evin Prison.

 

Pastor Saeed has now been imprisoned in Iran nearly five months.  He describes how the “the psychological warfare, a year of not seeing my family, physical violence, actions committed to humiliate me, insults, being mocked,” extremists and other bullying groups in Evin “create another prison within the prison walls.”

 

In his last public letter, before his conviction, Pastor Saeed wrote that he was told he “will hang” for his faith.  Today, he says that he still faces “death threats” in prison.

 

For the first time, Pastor Saeed acknowledges that the beatings and torture are designed to get him to recant his Christian faith – something he says he will never do.  “They are only waiting for one thing…for me to deny Christ,” he wrote. “But they will never get this from me.”

 

In one instance, a fellow cellmate “attacked” him because he was singing praise songs.

 

As Pastor Saeed writes, “It is during these harsh conditions, that I deeply need God’s Saving Grace so that I can be the fragrant scent of Christ in the dark house of Evin prison.”

 

These are the conditions he will face every day for the next eight years of his prison sentence.  Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen, is being forced to undergo some of the most horrific conditions imaginable.

 

Upon receiving this heartbreaking letter, Pastor Saeed’s wife, Naghmeh, told us:

 

It is heart wrenching to hear of Saeed’s continued abuse and torture in the Iranian prison. We have known for some time that he is facing physical and psychological abuse. Now our worst fears have been confirmed. He continues to face life-threatening abuse at the hands of the Iranian officials simply because of his faith in Jesus. These are the dreadful conditions he will continue to face as he serves his lengthy prison sentence in Iran. Saeed is an American citizen who is being pressured and falsely promised freedom if only he will deny his faith in Jesus. We have seen this tactic used in the past. Saeed will never recant his faith in Jesus – even if it means continued torture and abuse. Our primary concern is for his health and well-being with each passing day. We know that while he is very weak physically, Saeed is strong in his faith. His situation is dire and with the continued abuse and death threats, we are not sure how long Saeed will survive these horrendous conditions in prison. The most important thing we can do is pray, continue to raise awareness of his case and continue to work for his freedom.

 

It is incumbent upon each of us to stand up for this 32-year-old U.S. citizen, loving father of two, devoted husband, and committed pastor.

 

It is rare that he is able to get a letter like this to the public.  He has no voice.  Each of us must be his voice.  Sign the petition for his freedom at SaveSaeed.org.  After you have signed the petition, please consider who of your family and friends can also sign this petition to save Pastor Saeed.

 

Watch and share the video above as his letter is narrated.  Below is the complete letter from Pastor Saeed, translated into English – a powerful testimony of perseverance in the face of unspeakable persecution:

 

Writing from my heart.

 

My Dear Friends,

 

The conditions here get so very difficult that my eyes get blurry, my body does not have the strength to walk, and my steps become very weak and shaky.

 

Various (bullying) groups, the psychological warfare, a year of not seeing my family, physical violence, actions committed to humiliate me, insults, being mocked, being confronted with extremists in the prison who create another prison within the prison walls, and the death threats…

 

It is interesting that because I am a Christian pastor, I am carefully watched. I am expected to smile at them despite what is being done and to understand why they are doing all of these things. But, of course, I can clearly see what is going on and because I want to serve God, I see all of these difficulties as golden opportunities and great doors to serve. There are empty containers who are thirsty for a taste of the Living Water and we can quench their thirst by giving them Jesus Christ. Maybe you are also in such a situation, so pray and seek God that He would use you and direct you in the pressures and difficulties of your lives.

 

There are those who are enemies of the Living Bible and do not want to hear. They are trying to put me under such horrific pressures (that are sometimes unbearable) so that they can show me that my faith is empty and not real. And after all of these pressures, after all of the nails they have pressed against my hands and feet, they are only waiting for one thing…for me to deny Christ. But they will never get this from me. This is why the Bible is Truth and they are in the way of destruction.

 

There is another group who does not know the Gospel of Truth. Instead of truly listening and meditating on God’s Word, they are just waiting to see how I react to all of their pressures and persecution. What will come out of me during these intense times? But again, this is another golden opportunity for me to shine the light of Christ in this dark world and to let God to use me.

 

Yesterday when I was singing worship songs, the head of my cell room attacked me in order to stop me from praising but in response I hugged him and showed him love. He was shocked.

 

It is during these harsh conditions, that I deeply need God’s Saving Grace so that I can be the fragrant scent of Christ in the dark house of Evin prison. I have often seen the Shining Morning Star in the darkness of this prison and I have seen His amazing and supernatural works. Oh, how beautiful is seeing the light of the Shining Morning Star of Christ in such evil darkness.

 

So:

 

§  See your golden opportunities in pressures and difficulties.

 

§  See the Shining Morning Star in the dark times of your life.

 

I Love Him! He is Gracious, Merciful, and Righteous to me. I now know that I have not been forgotten and that we are together in this path. God gives me Grace.

This is my message for the Church: Stay Strong for His Glory. He will come back soon! Be with God and give your best efforts for His kingdom.

 

Pastor Saeed, servant of Jesus Christ in chains for endurance of Gospel. I love you all.

 

Share his letter.  Pray.  Join over a quarter of a million others, and sign the petition at SaveSaeed.org.

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Jordan Sekulow is Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice.

 

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Brazilian Senator Takes Action for Pastor Youcef’s Attorney


Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani preaching

It is fantastic that nations that have international leverage are taking an interest in plight of Pastor Youcef and now Youcef’s attorney imprisoned for representing the Pastor. Brazil is part of a group of nations that have unofficially been known as the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India and China). The BRIC nations have no official treaty identifying themselves as such. The “BRIC” appellation is a label assigned by those involved with geopolitics to identify these four nations as up and coming powerhouses because of their natural resources and/or current strong economies – militaries.

 

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has been highly involved in finding arenas to bring pressure on Iran to release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Below is how those actions in part are proceeding including the Mahammad Ali Dadkhah.

 

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Brazilian Senator Takes Action for Pastor Youcef’s Attorney

 

By Matthew Clark

Jun. 7, 2012 2:01 PM

ACLJ

 

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s Iranian attorney continues to face an impending prison sentence in Iran. However, there are new international efforts to aid the Iranian human rights attorney and his persecuted client.

 

Mahammad Ali Dadkhah has been valiantly fighting for Pastor Youcef’s release through Iran’s judicial system. He was convicted for representing the persecuted in Iran and faces a lengthy prison sentence and disbarment from practicing law that would render Pastor Youcef without adequate legal representation.

 

This week, the ACLJ’s new Director of Operations in Brazil, Filipe Coelho, met with Brazilian Senator Magno Malta and others to urge diplomatic efforts on Dadkhah’s behalf.

 

Filipe Coelho & Magno Malta - Brazil

 

As Coelho reports:

 

[I] met with Senator Magno Malta and Pr Everaldo Pereira, President of the PSC to address issues such as Religious Freedom and the case of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who is trapped in Iran, convicted and sentenced to death [because of his Christian faith]. He introduced the case of Mohammad Ali Dadkhah to Senator Malta who has been in touch with the Ambassador of Iran about Nadarkhani’s situation. Senator Malta said he was not aware of Dadkhah and he immediately asked his office to call the Embassy of Iran and set up a meeting for Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

 

Senator Malta has been a significant influence in the Brazilian government, urging action on Pastor Youcef’s behalf. Jordan Sekulow, ACLJ Executive Director, met with Senator Malta earlier this year and provided him with Pastor Youcef’s verdict, translated into Portuguese.

 

Senator Malta has already taken action on Pastor Youcef’s behalf, meeting with Iran’s Ambassador to Brazil. We are hopeful that next week’s meeting with Iran’s Ambassador will be beneficial for both Pastor Youcef and his brave attorney.

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Founded in 1990 with the mandate to protect religious and constitutional freedoms, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) engages legal, legislative, and cultural issues by implementing an effective strategy of advocacy, education, and litigation that includes representing clients before the Supreme Court of the United States and international tribunals around the globe.

As ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow continued to build his legal and legislative team, the ACLJ experienced tremendous success in litigating cases at all levels of the judiciary – from the federal district court level to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Over the last two decades, Sekulow has appeared before the Supreme Court of the United States on numerous occasions, successfully arguing precedent-setting cases before the high Court: Protecting the free speech rights of pro-life demonstrators. Safeguarding the constitutional rights of religious groups to have equal access to public facilities. Ensuring that READ MORE

 

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Nadarkhani and Dadkhah Persecuted in Iran


 

 

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John R. Houk

© May 22, 2012

 

To the natural eyes Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani of Iran is beginning to sink deeper and deeper into the mire of darkness which the justice system of theocratic Shia-Islamic Iran. The Iran regime has arrested Nadarkhani’s lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah on trumped up charges. And of course Pastor Youcef has had a death sentence hanging over his head for years for the very Islamic crime of converting to Christianity. The conversion meme of Iranian justice has been denied by Pastor Youcef claiming he has been a Christian since childhood. But it gets worse for Pastor Youcef.

 

Now the Iranian regime is financing movie Director Nader Talebzadh to make a documentary about Pastor Youcef. If Iran is financing the film project you have to know it will be a propaganda campaign to get any doubting Iranian citizens on board with Pastor Youcef’s execution which I understand can be ordered by whim without notification by the Iranian government.

 

Below is the scoop from two articles from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

 

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Imprisoned pastor speaks out


Youcef Nadarkhani and his son

I received an email update about Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani jailed in Iran under a death sentence for being a Christian. I wish I could get these kinds of updates pertaining to another Christian I am following that is jailed in Pakistan also for his faith and like Nadarkhani for blaspheming Islam – Hector Aleem. The sad thing about Hector is a Pakistani Court cleared him of the blasphemy charge; however there is enough Islamic hatred for Christians that charges and delays keep popping up keeping Hector in jail.

 

Pastor Youcef’s update pertains to an open letter he has been able to get out to those who are tracking his predicament. Below is the email from Jordan Sekulow of the ACLJ which will be followed by the English translation of the Farsi letter by Youcef Nadarkhani.

 

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Imprisoned pastor speaks out

 

By Jordan Sekulow

Sent: May 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Sent by ACLJ

 

Pastor Youcef has released a letter to his supporters.

 

It is the first time he has been allowed to make a public statement in nearly a year and the first time the world has heard from him since his execution order was upheld.

 

Youcef’s spirit in the face of his persecution is remarkable. He writes, “[T]hough my trial due has been so long, and as in the flesh I wish these days to end, yet I have surrendered myself to God’s will.”

 

The letter, which he sent to Present Truth Ministries, goes on to thank everyone who has been working, speaking out and praying on his behalf, saying:

 

“I do believe that these kind of activities can be very helpful in order to reach freedom, and respecting the human rights in a right way can bring forth great results in this. I want to appreciate all those are trying to reach to this goal.”

 

His words are inspiring, and you can read his entire letter on our Tweet for Youcef page at http://ACLJ.org/Nadarkhani.

 

Please share this inspiring news by forwarding this email and sharing our link on Facebook and Twitter. It’s important that you encourage your friends and family to sign up to our Tweet for Youcef campaign today.

 

We are also continuing to press the U.S. Senate to unanimously pass a resolution demanding Pastor Youcef’s release. The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed a similar resolution, and it’s time for the Senate to act. Take action; sign our new petition for Youcef today.

 

Thank you again for your actions, prayers, and tweets on behalf of Pastor Youcef.

 

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

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Letter from Pastor Youcef Thanks Supporters and Urges Prayer

 

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Letter dated: 5/7/12

 

Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani has written an open letter to “all those who are concerned” with his plight thanking them and asking for prayer. The letter written earlier this week is the first time in nearly a year that Pastor Youcef has been able to speak out publicly about his illegal imprisonment in Iran.

 

He encourages the members of his congregation and supporters all over the world that he is in “perfect health” and urges them to continue having faith in God. He specifically thanks everyone who has “asked for my release, or campaigns and human rights activities which are going on against the charges which are applied to me,” and he urges everyone to “pray for me.”

 

Below is the entire letter from Pastor Youcef obtained and translated into English by Jason DeMars of Present Truth Ministries, who the ACLJ has been working with on Pastor Youcef’s case from the beginning.

 

May 7, 2012

 

Greetings from your servant and younger brother in Christ, Youcef Nadarkhani.

 

To: All those who are concerned and worried about my current situation.

 

First, I would like to inform all of my beloved brothers and sisters that I am in perfect health in the flesh and spirit. And I try to have a little different approach from others to these days, and consider it as the day of exam and trial of my faith. And in these days which are hard in order to prove your loyalty and sincerity to God, I am trying to do the best in my power to stay right with what I have learned from God’s commandments.

 

I need to remind my beloveds, though my trial due has been so long, and as in the flesh I wish these days to end, yet I have surrendered myself to God’s will.

 

I am neither a political person nor do I know about political complicity, but I know that while there are many things in common between different cultures, there are also differences between these cultures around the world which can result in criticism, which most of the times response to this criticisms will be harsh and as a result will lengthen our problems.

 

From time to time I am informed about the news which is spreading in the media about my current situation, for instance being supported by various churches and famous politicians who have asked for my release, or campaigns and human rights activities which are going on against the charges which are applied to me. I do believe that these kind of activities can be very helpful in order to reach freedom, and respecting the human rights in a right way can bring forth great results in this.

 

I want to appreciate all those are trying to reach to this goal. But at the other hand, I’d like to announce my disgust at insulting words or activities which make stress and trouble, which unfortunately are done with the justification (excuse) of defending human rights and freedom, for the final result is so clear and obvious for me. Insulting the belief of other nations or people, whether they be a majority or minority, is not accepted and is an unworthy deed, specifically for those who have this teaching to love and respect others more than themselves and treat them the same as you want to be treated.

 

Then, burning and insulting is not a reverent behavior for a Christian, but it’s worthy to be in obedience to the word of God and humble ourselves to glorify God.

 

I try to be humble and obedient to those who are in power, obedience to those in authority which God has granted to the officials of my country, and pray for them to rule the country according to the will of God and be successful in doing this. For I know this in this way I have obeyed God’s word. I try to obey along with those whom I see in a common situation with me. They never had any complaint, but just let the power of God be manifested in their lives, and though sometimes we read that they have used this right to defend themselves, for they had this right, I am not an exception as well and have used all possibilities and so forth and am waiting for the final result.

 

So I ask all the beloved ones to pray for me as the holy word has said. At the end I hope this be prepared as soon as possible, as the authorities of my country will do with free will according to their law and commandments which are answerable to.

 

May God’s Grace and Mercy be upon you now and forever. Amen.

 

Youcef Nadarkhani

 

The original letter in Farsi is posted here.

 

It is very encouraging that Pastor Youcef is not only able to communicate with the outside world, but that he is aware of the international outcry on his behalf. News of his story is reaching all the way around the world back into the heart of Iran.

 

It is critical that we keep this intense pressure on Iran for his release. Please continue to pray, Tweet for Youcef, and urge the U.S. Senate to quickly and unanimously pass a resolution demanding his release.

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Judge of Death


Abolghasem Salavat - Judge of Death

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is facing a death sentence in Iran for being a Christian accused of converting out of Islam. Nadarkhani’s lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah had managed to make Nadarkhani’s persecution an international cause to place pressure on Iran. Iran’s solution was to get rid of Nadarkhani’s advocate. Dadkhah was arrested and convicted in Iran then sentenced for nine years in prison. Specifically Dadkhah was convicted for “…acting against national security and spreading propaganda against the regime.” Dadkhah was sentenced by Iran’s notorious “Judge of Death” Abolghasem Salavat.

 

Without representation the Iranian government can rip Nadarkhani out of his jail cell and execute the death sentence and no one will be the wiser that the Pastor is dead. I don’t know how ICLJ can pull off advocating for Pastor Nadarkhani legally but they are asking for donations to make an effort to keep the pressure on Iran. I pray others step up to the plate with ICLJ to aid Nadarkhani in any way possible.

 

May God Almighty save and protect Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in the name of Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God!

 

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Judge of Death

 

By Jay Sekulow

Sent: May 8, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Sent from American Center for Law and Justice

 

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s Iranian attorney has been convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison for defending human rights.

 

The judge in this case is known as one of Iran’s worst human rights abusers and is commonly referred to as the “Judge of Death.”

 

The ACLJ has been working with Pastor Youcef’s attorney to secure his freedom. Now, with no legal representation in Iran, Pastor Youcef is essentially facing the Iranian regime alone – no advocate to keep him alive and to keep the appeals process going.

 

Sign our new Petition to free Pastor Youcef today.

 

Pastor Youcef’s attorney will soon begin serving his time in one of Iran’s harshest prisons, and no other Iranian attorney will represent him.

 

We must increase any and all pressure we can on Iran.

 

Urge the U.S. Senate to unanimously pass the resolution demanding Pastor Youcef’s immediate release.

 

Jay Sekulow
ACLJ Chief Counsel

 

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Youcef’s Death Order


Demand Nadarkhani Release

Jordan Sekulow’s sources have led him to believe the execution order has been given for Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian Pastor that left Islam for Christianity. In fact if you have not been following the news about Pastor Youcef, he has an execution sentence merely for converting to Christianity. Leaving Islam is a capital crime in most Islamic nations including Twelver-Shias in Iran.

 

As Jordan Sekulow implores we must inundate our Congressman and Iranian officials to commute Youcef’s sentence and him and his family to leave Iran for political asylum.

 

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Youcef’s Death Order

 

Jordan Sekulow

Sent: Feb 24, 2012 at 7:48 AM

Sent from: American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)

 

Our sources in Iran believe Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s execution order has been issued. He is still alive, but his death is imminent unless the Supreme Leader of Iran intervenes.

 

Our aggressive international efforts to secure the release of this persecuted pastor continue to grow. The White House and U.S. State Department have now condemned Iran and joined the call for his release.

 

Take action by signing our petition calling for Pastor Youcef’s immediate release.

 

In just four days, more than 100,000 people have signed the ACLJ’s Petition to Free Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. If you have already signed, thank you.

 

Please forward this message to your friends and people in your church and use the “Like” buttons in this email to share it on Facebook.

 

It is critically urgent that we keep Pastor Youcef’s story in the international media to pressure Iran for his immediate release.

 

The ACLJ has helped spread the news about Pastor Youcef’s execution order across the world, including major print and television media as far away as Brazil and Australia.

 

Our Tweet for Youcef campaign is growing dramatically, reaching over 600,000 Twitter accounts each day on Pastor Youcef’s behalf.

 

It is critically important that we urge Congress and the United Nations to call for Pastor Youcef’s release while there is still time. Take action now.

 

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

 

P.S. Your efforts have helped keep Pastor Youcef alive. Please continue to pray for this courageous man, and please keep spreading the word about his plight. Thank you.

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