Published: 00:00 GMT Daylight Time - Saturday 14 April 2012
Daily Prayer - Saturday 14 April 2012
An Indian pastor was arrested and his church raided after a sharia court called him to account for baptising converts from Islam. The Rev. Chander Mani Khanna was called before the court in Kashmir on 8 November to explain alleged “forced conversions” of young Muslims, after a video of baptisms appeared on YouTube. Muslims responded angrily to the footage, threatening to burn Mr Khanna to death. He was arrested on charges of fomenting communal strife, later being released on bail. India has a secular constitution, and Christian leaders have said that the authorities should not allow a sharia court to enforce its laws on Christians. Pray for Mr Khanna’s safety, and that the Indian government will uphold religious freedom for Christians.