A former sheikh who converted to Christianity in Uganda has suffered greatly for his faith in Christ. In the latest attack, his Muslims relatives apparently tried to kill him with poison.
Since Hassan Muwanguzi became a Christian in 2003, he has lost his wife and job as a school teacher, been beaten by his family, been falsely accused of a criminal offence, been ordered to shut the Christian school he had opened, had his home burned down and been threatened with death.
At the end of last month, he was hospitalised following a family gathering at which it appears a relative put insecticide in his tea.
Hassan told Morning Star News:
They have been hunting for me directly and indirectly, because when I left them and converted to Christianity it pained them so much… to them it is like I brought shame by converting, as a [former] sheik. But to God the Almighty Father, this was His plan for me to expand His Kingdom.
He had been asked to attend a special meeting at the home of an aunt to discuss family matters; she said that special prayers were needed for a daughter who was ill.
Hassan started to feel unwell immediately after taking the tea and food he had been served. He secretly left his aunt’s house and was taken to hospital in Mbale, vomiting and with abdominal cramps. He was given some initial treatment, which resulted in an improvement to his condition. But he cannot afford the more specialist treatment that was recommended and is concerned about the state of his health.
Hassan became a Christian in his early 20s. His Muslim wife, with whom he had two children, left him, and he lost his job at an Islamic school near Pallisa. He subsequently remarried and had two children with his second wife, and opened a Christian school in Kajoko, which is a predominantly Muslim area.
In April 2011, Hassan was falsely accused of defiling a schoolgirl in what appeared to be an attempt by local Muslims to close down the school, which they said was being used to convert Muslim children to Christianity. Despite being cleared of any wrongdoing, Hassan received a court order to shut the school.
The following June, his house was burned down. The three Muslims who were convicted in connection with the crime were sentenced to only three months in prison and, following their release, threatened to kill Hassan.
Uganda is around 75% Christian, but Muslims form a majority in some areas, and Christians there live in a hostile context.
Source: Morning Star News