British imam's daughter under police protection after converting to Christianity

British imam's daughter under police protection after converting to Christianity
by Ruth Gledhill

A British imam's daughter is living in fear of her life under police protection after she received death threats from her family for converting to Christianity.

The young woman, aged 32, whose father is a Muslim imam in the north of England, has moved house 45 times to escape detection by her family since she became a Christian 15 years ago.

Hannah, who uses a pseudonym to hide her identity, told The Times how she became a Christian after she ran away from home at 16 to escape an arranged marriage.

The threats against her became more serious a month ago, prompting police to offer her protection in case of an attempt on her life.


The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, will claim "freedom to believe" is under threat in Britain because of Islamic hostility to conversion.


Dr Nazir-Ali will speak out on behalf of Hannah and others suffering persecution for their beliefs in the UK at today's launch of Lapido Media, a new charity which is seeking to promote "religious literacy" in world affairs.

The Bishop is expected to describe how sharia law in many countries, including parts of Britain, punishes apostasy with death and is viewed as treason by theocratic governments. Dr Nazir-Ali will call on society to offer greater protection, by increasing understanding of what makes people vulnerable.

Pakistan-born Dr Nazir-Ali, who has a Christian and Muslim background, is patron of Lapido Media, funded by donations and trusts including the Jerusalem Trust. The word ‘lapido’ means ‘to speak up for’ in the Acholi language of Northern Uganda. The charity has been named in honour of the courage of Acholi church leaders who campaigned for an end to a little-reported 20-year war there, involving the abduction of 25,000 children.

Hat tip to Wahaudi


Anonymous said…
unreached people of the day? what is that, some kind of a gimmick? wow, you're website really is toying with prayer in a way you can't even imagine.
Sharon M said…
Unreached people of the day: this is a group of people who has a specific cultural-linguistic-historical identity and has few or no Christians at all.

How is that toying with prayer? It is part of Christian piety to pray and work for the salvation of the heathen (the unreached) which is common to all branches of the faith: Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant, and evangelical/charismatic.

If anything, I would say it is one of the best uses of prayer possible.

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