Anyone who converts from Islam is an apostate. Apostasy is punishable by death. (Islamic Law)
Padina lives in Iran. This is her story:
As a young child, I recited my daily prayers. Before I would go to school, I would memorize the Koran. I hated Christians. I became very happy when I heard Christians were being persecuted. They always told us if we killed a Christian, we had a one-way ticket to heaven.
I worked very hard to follow every rule of Islam. If I thought that I hadn’t washed properly, I would stop in the middle of my prayer, wash properly, and start all over again. This would happen ten times in one prayer session.
I became very depressed and suicidal. I felt so distant from Allah, and my mom was sick with multiple sclerosis and dying.
“I’m going to kill myself,” I said to my mom.
“If you are going to kill yourself, you have to kill me as well,” she said.
“I will do this for you and we will both die,” I said.
My mom then turned on a satellite TV station and listened to a Christian evangelist. “Brothers and sisters, I am with you tonight. If you are hopeless and depressed and you’re planning to commit suicide, the Lord says, ‘Stop, He has a hope and a future for you.’ If you’re planning on killing yourself, stop and call me now,” the evangelist said.
Padina’s mother called the evangelist. She spoke to him for half an hour.
“I’m going to do this. Nothing is going to stop me tonight,” I yelled at mom.
I then saw that my mom was repenting and saying the prayer of salvation.
I became furious. “Why in the last seconds of your life are you doing this? Now, you’re going to Hell,” I screamed at her.
“Please Padina,” said my mom. “Please talk to him about Jesus.”
“Jesus can do nothing. He is nothing! I will not blaspheme Mohammed by speaking to an infidel.”
My mother broke down in weeping and sobs. I grabbed the phone.
The evangelist stated that Padina was cold and angry when he talked with her. Padina told him that she was going to kill herself and his Jesus could do nothing for her.
The evangelist and Padina talked for an hour, but he could not change her mind.
“You said it yourself, ‘Allah has done nothing for you.’ Give Jesus one chance, you can always kill yourself next week.”
When he gave me this challenge, I thought to myself, “This is the best way I can serve Allah, this one last time before I commit suicide.”
My plan was to call the following week and say that I tried Jesus for a week and nothing has changed. I will kill myself on the air that night.
When I kill myself on the air, I can tell Allah, “Even taking my life was for you.”
Early the next morning, I was awakened by a sound. I saw my mom walking perfectly. I told her we needed to go to the hospital immediately. The doctors checked the results of her blood work and MRI.
“This is a miracle,” the doctors said. “There is no MS in her body.
“That is impossible. Something must be wrong,” I said.
“There is nothing wrong. This is a miracle! What imam did you pray to?” asked the doctor.
I said nothing.
“What imam did you pray to?” asked the doctor again.
“It wasn’t an imam,” Padina replied. “It was Jesus.”
When I said those words, my heart changed. I told Jesus, “You are the living God. You cleansed me and filled me. I give up my life for You.”
Today, Padina and her mom are apostates. They risk their lives ministering in Iran’s underground church.
You can see the powerful 7 minute and 10 second video here.
(Continued in Part 6)