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Move Toward Sharia Law Threatens Malaysia's Christians


Move Toward Sharia Law Threatens Malaysia's Christians

Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party Meeting - Photo CNN

The unthinkable occurred 18 February as thousands of Malaysian Muslims rallied in Kuala Lumpur to support the country's adoption of stricter Sharia Law. Malaysia, a multi-ethnic Southeast Asian nation, has long been considered tolerant of its ethnic minorities. However, racism and religious intolerance are on the rise. Hudud, the extreme radical form of Sharia Law, allows amputations and stoning for criminal offenses. The issue will be debated in parliament in March. Christians have increasingly been the target of intolerance.
 
On 13 February in less than 60 seconds, 62-year-old Pastor Koh was kidnapped in broad daylight by a group of masked men. His family has received no phone calls or requests for ransom. Pastor Koh was especially loved by his community for reaching out to the poor. The motive for the abduction is unclear, but in some instances, people have been picked up to be re-educated in "old school" camps. The pressure against Christians and ethnic minorities continues to increase with every step toward Sharia Law. Open Doors CEO Dr. David Curry says, "There is a lot of pressure on people who want to decide for themselves that they want to be a Christian, who want to read the Bible."


The nation of Malaysia is number 31 on the 2016 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Window International Network partners pray for Malaysia on Day 24 in accordance with the Praying Through the Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions prayer calendar.


Please pray for:
  • Pastor Koh, other Christian pastors, and the community of Christian Believers in Malaysia to stand strong for Christ despite persecution in the face of growing intolerance (The Bible, Acts 4:29).
  • The release of Pastor Koh, but also that wherever he is, he senses God's Presence and Protection. Pray that God gives Pastor Koh courage to be a witness to his captors (The Bible, Daniel 6:16-22).
  • The parliamentary debate this month regarding the adoption of a stricter penal code. Pray the voice of moderates will thwart the efforts of radical Islamists to pass inhumane Sharia Laws (The Bible, Acts 5:34-39).
     
     
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