By Theodore Shoebat
A Christian man named Saeed woke up to the most horrendous screams; he ran downs stairs only to see his wife, Nazeera, engulfed in flames, with his teenage son frantically hugging her, he too receiving burns from the fire. Saeed recounted the event with utter lamentation:
I rushed out of the room… I couldn’t even speak to ask her what happened. All I could think about was putting the fire out and then getting her to the hospital. But my 16-year-old son, he couldn’t stop himself and held on to her, hugging her while she was burning. He got hurt, and I had to pull him away from her.
Saeed and his wife were both converts to Christianity, and it turned out that relatives of both of their families contrived a way to kill her: they replaced the bottle of cooking oil with gasoline, and when she began cooking, the bottle exploded and she was set to flames. Saeed explained:
I was told by one of our relatives that it was a set-up, and they replaced the cooking oil with petrol, which caught flames as soon as she poured it out
She was rushed to the hospital, but the doctors said that her death was inevitable. They brought her to a hospital in Egypt, and she died.
Saeed went to the police, and they told him to show them witnesses to the conspiracy, since only his children were there to see the explosion. None of his relatives, even though some of them knew of the plot, said that they would testify, as Saeed himself lamented:
No one will be a witness for us… And my family told me that if I was killed and cut into pieces, they wouldn’t do anything to help or be a witness on my side.
After they murdered his wife, his relatives kidnapped his four children to force them into Islam (a very common occurrence in the Muslim world when there is a Christian convert). But Saeed valiantly, and secretly, managed to sneak his kids out and moved to another country. His relatives would even seize his house. Saeed said:
I lost the way to support myself and everything we had… And when we were leaving, I was trying to sell things we had, but some of my family members stopped it so I wouldn’t get anything. Even the day I took the children to leave [the country], they attacked our house and divided our things among themselves. They destroyed the rest.
There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. (Mark 10:29-30)
This is the reality of what Christians endure. There are many stories like this that go unreported.