Barnabas Aid - International Headquarters River Street, Pewsey, Wilthire. Phone: +44 1672 565030 Latitude: 51 deg 23 min 18 sec N Longitude: 1 deg 45 min 48 sec W .
Christians denied burial rights by Musli...

Email:

Christians denied burial rights by Muslims in Kyrgyzstan

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

Christians denied burial rights by Muslims in Kyrgyzstan

Country/Region: Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan

A grieving family in Kyrgyzstan were forced to dig up and rebury the body of their Christian relative after being threatened by local Muslims in another dispute over burial rights in the country.

Just two days after the 77-year-old Kyrgyz believer had been laid to rest, Muslims from the village came to his family and said that they would get a bulldozer, dig the tomb out and throw the corpse away if the relatives did not rebury his body in the Christian cemetery. He had been buried in an adjacent plot that is considered "Muslim", although it is rarely used.

Cemetary_4X3.jpg
A Christian cemetery in Kyrgyzstan

Other Christians rallied in support of the family, and came to see the local mayor on their behalf. He called a meeting involving the Muslim imam of the area and the relatives of the deceased. Despite pleas to leave the body where it was, the imam insisted that it be exhumed and reburied, and this was backed by the civil authorities.

In another incident, a family had to bury their loved one, a 45-year-old Christian, 105 miles (170km) away from their village after attempts to lay him to rest in his home village and two others were blocked.

His immediate family, a wife and five children, were threatened at their home by Muslim leaders, who forbade them from burying him at the village cemetery; non-believing members of their extended family had previously gathered a 20-signature petition from villagers saying they were opposed to burying Christians there.

Christian leaders took up the issue with the authorities, who decided that the body had to be buried in a village 25 miles (40km) away from the family home where there was said to be a cemetery for Christians. But when the body was taken there, Muslim leaders and villagers had gathered; they threatened the relatives and forbade the burial.

Attempts to use a plot assigned to Christians in another village were also blocked by Muslim leaders, who threatened physical violence. A resting place was finally found in a village 105 miles (170km) away, meaning a round-trip of 210 miles (340km) for his family to visit his tomb.

His wife and five children have since been forced to leave their village after being repeatedly threatened and blocked from grazing their cattle. The dispute has caused problems for other Christians in the village, who have been told that they are not going to be allowed to farm.

Over recent years, despite the country's constitution directing that villages should allocate burial places for Christian Kyrgyz, local authorities and Muslims have frequently refused to provide such plots, opposed the burial of non-Muslims in cemeteries designated for Kyrgyz Muslims, or insisted they be buried as Muslims according to Islamic rituals. In Muslim civilisation, people are divided into autonomous religious communities with each following its own religious laws on personal matters such as burial and cemeteries. Jews and Christians are made subordinate to their Muslim neighbours and have to submit to demeaning regulations.

Help us: Share this article

Email:

Christians denied burial rights by Muslims in Kyrgyzstan

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

christian, persecution, charity, church, persecuted, sookhdeo, Islam

Other articles

Follow Barnabas

or

receive news & appeal emails as they are published

From Twitter

From Twitter_icon
  • Former counter-terrorism chief to lead inquiry into alleged Islamist takeover of Birmingham schools http://ow.ly/vOn9I 21 hours ago

  • Condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi's appeal hearing- set for today- deferred for third time in Pakistan http://ow.ly/vLEkf Mon, Apr 2014 16:03

  • "We should stand up against persecution of Christians" David Cameron in Easter speech http://ow.ly/vEai9 Thu, Apr 2014 16:53

  • UN religious freedom expert calls on Kazakh govt to end mandatory registration of religious communities http://ow.ly/vBb6V Wed, Apr 2014 14:36

Daily prayer

Daily prayer_icon
  • “Jesus Christ performed tremendous miracles in all our lives through this Shalom Camp.” A pastor spoke of how God had worked through a Barnabas-sponsored weekend Bible camp for persecuted Christians in Sri Lanka. The camp was attended by believers from five different churches that had been the target of threats or attacks by Buddhist or Hindu extremists. The participants heard teaching on the Biblical basis for persecution and took part in group discussions; they came away refreshed and encouraged, and for many the camp was a time of great spiritual renewal. Give thanks to the Lord for the peace He has brought to these persecuted believers, and ask that the weekend will continue to bear much fruit in their lives. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 14 hours ago

  • Pray for a church leader in Sri Lanka, S.S. Johnpillai, who was threatened at gunpoint by attackers who claimed to be Special Forces officers. The minister was in a hut next to his church building in Guadalupe, Trincomolee when, he said, the men “appeared out of nowhere”. The intruders put a gun to Johnpillai’s head and accused him of holding a Communion service in honour of the founder of the Tamil Tigers, the government’s opponents in the country’s long and bloody civil war. The government had that day made it a criminal offence to commemorate the group. The gunmen ignored Johnpillai’s protests that he had not dedicated Communion to the group’s founder, and they threatened to shoot him. Ask the Lord to support and strengthen Johnpillai as he recovers from this terrifying ordeal. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Lift up to the Lord persecuted Christians in Sri Lanka, where at least 65 anti-Christian incidents took place during 2013, including repeat attacks on several believers and their property in October 2013. However, a Sri Lankan government minister from a Buddhist nationalist party denied the accounts, saying that they might be “made up”. The minister claimed that Sri Lankans are “one family … trying to live together after a long civil war”. Pray that the Sri Lankan government will recognise the danger that our brothers and sisters face from militant Buddhists and that the authorities will provide effective protection for vulnerable Christians. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi’s final appeal hearing is scheduled to take place tomorrow (14 April) having been deferred twice. She was sentenced to death for blasphemy in November 2010 having been falsely accused of insulting Muhammad following an argument with Muslim co-workers. Aasia has been languishing in jail since the accusation was made in June 2009. Pray that her appeal will finally go ahead and that the judges will have the courage to acquit and release Aasia; there are concerns that they may give in to pressure from hardline Islamists who have been calling for her execution. Pray that Aasia, her husband and children will know the Lord’s peace as they await the verdict. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Apr 2014 00:00

  • Indians have started going to the polls this week in a general election that is taking place in phases until 12 May. The ruling, secular Congress party is expected to be defeated by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This would be an ominous outcome for the country’s Christian minority. The BJP has given support to extremist groups that attack Christians; states under the party’s rule have generally experienced a rise in anti-Christian violence. It has introduced anti-conversion laws on a state level, and has pledged to introduce national legislation to curb "missionary" activity and end proselytising if elected nationally. Pray for wisdom for Indians as they vote and that the outcome will result in a just government that upholds the rights and freedoms of all citizens. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Apr 2014 00:00

© Barnabas Aid 1997 - 2014 All rights reserved.
Barnabas Aid is a registered trade mark