Muslim extremists recently burned down a house where a Bible fellowship was meeting in eastern Uganda, a week after Muslims in another area caned two converts, Morning Star News reported.
Arafah Senyange, 28, and his brother Zulufa Hajati Nakimuli, 43, were beaten with canes on Nov. 13 in Busembatia, Bugweri District for converting from Islam to Christianity in October, Nakimuli said.
The two brothers were studying the Bible under a mango tree outside their father’s home after returning from a Sunday service in Busembatia when one of their brothers, a mosque leader, arrived shouting the jihadist slogan, “Allah Akbar (God is greater),” he said. The brother seized their Bible and began tearing its pages.
“We were accused of bringing an unholy, corrupted book into the home of a Muslim family and following Issa [Jesus] as the Son of God, which is blasphemy in Islam,” Nakimuli told Morning Star News.
Nakimuli, a father of four children ages 10, 15, 18 and 22, sustained wounds throughout his body, especially on the shoulder, arms, knees, back and face. Senyange was left with deep cuts on his mouth, hands and head. Senyange’s wife, fearing trouble from her Muslim in-laws, took their three children ages 2, 3 and 7, immediately after the attack and went to live with her Muslim relatives.
Nakimuli put his faith in Christ on Oct. 11 after a pastor had visited with him for six months, and Nakimuli led his brother to Christ on Oct. 23, he said.
In Luuka Town Council West Ward, Luuka District, also in eastern Uganda, Muslim extremists on Nov. 20 burned down a house where a Bible fellowship of 23 people met, Morning Star News reported.
In early November two prominent Muslim families put their faith in Christ as the result of an outreach by the fellowship members, angering area Muslims, he said.
The father of three children ages 8, 11 and 16 said the entire house was reduced to ashes. Also destroyed was a public address system, a motorcycle, a bicycle and other items.
The attacks were the latest of many instances of persecution of Christians in Uganda, Morning Star News reported.
Uganda’s constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith to another. Muslims make up no more than 12% of Uganda’s population, with high concentrations in eastern areas of the country.
EDITOR’S NOTE — This story was written and originally published by Morning Star News.