Malik Higenyi was a respected Muslim Sheikh in his village, and he and his family gave up everything after they became Christians. Recently his 60-year-old mother, learning about his conversion, also became a Christian too. However, when his relatives found out that she became a Christian, they slashed her forehead and broke her hand:
Relatives of a former Islamic teacher attacked his 60-year-old mother on Thursday (Dec. 8) for becoming a Christian, wounding her head and breaking her hand, sources said.
Aimuna Namutongi sustained a deep cut on her forehead. She and her son, 30-year-old Malik Higenyi, were trying to gather cassava at 10 a.m. on the homestead he had been forced to abandon in Bufuja village, Butaleja District, after Muslim relatives threatened to kill him if he returned.
Higenyi, whom Muslim relatives had beaten unconscious on Nov. 13 after he publically confessed having embraced Christianity, managed to escape the fury of those who arrived at his farm on Thursday (Dec. 8) while he and his mother were trying to harvest something to eat, he told Morning Star News.
Namutongi became a Christian after visiting her ostracized, injured son on Nov. 26 and listening to his faith journey, a local source said. He has continued to receive threatening messages, he said.
“We had warned you to stop winning Muslims to your newfound faith of Christianity, but instead you have decided to ignore this warning,” read an anonymous message to Higenyi, apparently from one of the relatives. “You will regret what will befall you soon.”
When Higenyi and his mother decided to check on the farm on Thursday and see if they could gather some food, a relative spotted them and alerted other relatives, who rushed to the homestead, he said.
“When I saw the furious relatives, I managed to escape,” Higenyi told Morning Star News. “I thought my mother was safe and that her conversion was still hidden, only to hear one of them telling her, ‘We heard that you joined Christianity.’”
As they continued to interrogate his mother about her conversion, Higenyi called police from the nearby Nabiganda police post, he said.
“When the police approached the scene, one of the relatives struck the right hand of my elderly mother while the rest started fleeing,” Higenyi said.
Police took Namutongi to a health center in Nabiganda and arrested several suspects. The case has been registerered with Reference No. SD REF/14/8/12/2016.
Higenyi and his family, including wife and two children, remain homeless and without food but have taken refuge at an undisclosed site. Higenyi and his family secretly embraced Christ on April 16. News of his Nov. 13 confession reached a mosque in nearby Lubanga village immediately, and that day three Muslims attacked him at his house, he said. He sustained a head wound and a broken bone in his right hand.
Muslim relatives on Nov. 23 also destroyed his maize crops, he said. (source)
As always, pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ.