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Muslim Relatives Set the House Of their Sister On Fire For Converting From Islam To Christianity.

Muslim Relatives Set the House Of their Sister On Fire For Converting From Islam To Christianity

Muslim Relatives Set the House Of their Sister On Fire For Converting From Islam To Christianity

In Kibuku District, Muslim relatives of a newly converted Christian set fire to his family’s home in Nansyono hamlet on May 23.

Louis Levi Baula and his family in eastern Uganda after Muslim cousins demolished their home on May 23, 2021.
Louis Levi Baula, 46, was attacked after taking his 3-year-old son to a church session on May 2 to seek healing from seizures and other illnesses.

Louis Levi Baula and his family in eastern Uganda after Muslim cousins demolished their home on May 23, 2021. (The Morning Star)

“Our sheikh had been praying for the child, and we had spent 350,000 Uganda shillings [US$100] on the sheikh, as well as a considerable sum on the infant’s treatment in several hospitals, but it had all been in vain,” Baula told Morning Star News.

The church’s pastor, who asked not to be identified for security concerns, was first concerned when the family arrived dressed in Islamic garb, and he sent ushers to examine them, according to Baula.

“The pastor prayed for our child after we expressed our worries and suffering, and his restlessness and odd behavior suddenly stopped,” Baula said. “The pastor encouraged us to trust in Jesus. We were confident that Jesus had healed our son at that point, and we agreed to be prayed over to receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior.”

According to Baula’s wife, Sifah Ainekisha, their kid was able to consume food offered after the service without the difficulty he had previously displayed, and the family was confident that he had been freed from his torments.

“We returned home but told no one but my mother-in-law about the prayers at church that had healed my child and that we planned to return to the church the following Sunday,” Ainekisha explained. “She remained silent.”

The family went to church the next Sunday and thanked the church for the prayers that had cured their son, she said. More than 20 Muslim relatives had gathered outside their home as they arrived home, according to Baula.

When the relatives interrogated them, Ainekisha explained that they had taken their son to church for healing prayer, according to Baula.

“A man named Musitafa hit her across the face and yelled, ‘Allah Akbar [God is bigger], be quiet,’” Baula recounted. “We believed they were going to kill us, but all they did was warn us not to go to church, and then the conference was over.”

They did not attend the following Sunday’s service, May 16, but the pastor visited them that evening and prayed for them, he added. They got up early on May 23 to attend a church service, only to return at 5 p.m. to find three of their goats missing, according to Baula.

He explained, “A relative named Hamisi told me that Allah had taken the goats.” “That statement worried me, so I went back and told my wife.”

He stated that she informed him that they needed to migrate. Their children are 10, 6, and 3 years old.

“We heard hens making a lot of commotion in the kitchen at 9 p.m., and when I got out, I saw smoke and flames climbing up the roof, and I rushed back and informed my wife that we were dying,” Baula explained. “We quickly gathered our children and left, and my brothers, sisters, and Muslim neighbors, as well as an imam, arrived within minutes. After reciting the Koran, the imam instructed my brethren to begin burning the house.”

He stated they watched as their home and all of their livestock were destroyed.

“The imam told us that we were no longer family members, that we were kafir [infidels], and that we should leave the farm right away to hunt for other infidels,” Baula explained. “He went on to say that if it hadn’t been the law of our state, we would have been killed, but that we should “get out of here because you have disobeyed Allah and his prophet.”

They were only allowed to take the clothes they were wearing since they were not allowed to take anything else, he claimed.

The event was reported to LC1 Chairperson Moses Magona, who stated that he had gotten a phone call from one of Baula’s relatives stating that the family had been shunned.

According to Baula, Magona told him, “I received a phone call from Samuku Kalimu saying that the entire family has disowned you for abandoning Islam but that they will not murder you unless you resist.”

The family has sought safety in the home of another Christian.

The church pastor stated, “We as a church are frightened because the Muslims may assault our church.” “We have reported the incident to Kasasira Town Council’s central ward police station.”

The attacks were just the latest in a long line of Christian persecution in Uganda that Morning Star News has recorded.

Religious freedom is protected under Uganda’s constitution and other laws, which include the ability to promote one’s beliefs and convert from one faith to another. Muslims make up less than 12% of Uganda’s population, with considerable numbers in the country’s eastern regions.

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