News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Iran banner.jpg
Iran thumb.jpg
World News

Kurdish Christian man released after seven months in detention

Christians in Syria are celebrating after a Kurdish Christian headmaster was released by Islamist group Failaq Al-Sham on 1st March. 

Radwan Muhammad, 40, had been detained for seven months. Failaq Al-Sham fighters, an Islamist group affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, arrested him in his home accusing him of committing apostasy. 

Christians in Syria are often persecuted by members of their own family as conversion from Islam is seen as bringing dishonour. Sometimes it is the families themselves who request that local officials monitor local Christian conversions. 

When Mr Muhammad´s wife died, the Islamist group prevented the family from carrying out the customs of the region of washing and shrouding her body because she had previously converted from Islam to Christianity. Mr Muhammad had also reportedly refused to surrender his school building to them so they could turn it into an Islamic school. 

In Islamic controlled areas, all public expressions of Christianity are banned with churches being ransacked or destroyed. 

Christian Solidarity Worldwide Founder President Mervyn Thomas said: "CSW welcomes the news of Mr Muhammad's release and we pray for his continued wellbeing and safety; however, he should not have been arrested in the first place. We urge the international community to press the Turkish authorities to ensure international humanitarian and human rights law are respected in areas under their control in northern Syria, to restrain the various Islamist Militia groups functioning under their command, and to immediately bring to an end all forms of violence and violations in the region."

Syria currently ranks 12th on the list of countries where Christians face most persecution. 

 

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email

Connect

Donate

Donate