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Disowned by my own family for turning to Christ

By Aaron Sseruyigo

“My father confronted me for being a disgrace to the family as a result of my conversion to Christ,” a 28-year-old former Muslim, and resident of Masaba village, Sironko district says. 

In 24 hours earlier this month, Muhamud Gusolo lost his livelihood, wife and children to irate relatives and other Muslims who found his decision of leaving the faith “a religious crime.”

His father, Mujenya Gusolo Zibail, told him that he would not receive his inheritance and issued a stern warning not to set foot again on the family land.

Muhamud put his faith in Jesus Christ in late 2017, Persecution Watchdog Group, Morning Star News reported on Friday.

Attacks and intimidation rose when he began holding evening Bible study and worship with other former Muslims at his home.

On December 7th, 2018 muslims attacked Muhamud’s plantation, which forced him to flee his own village in search for safety.

“Since my expulsion from the community, no one in my community has come to my aid. My father has openly denied me as his son, and the community has openly threatened me, saying, ‘No burial rites for you, a ‘mukaffir’ [infidel].” he told Morning Star News. 

Muhamud’s wife refused to join him when he left home the next day, Dec. 8 after the attack on his plantation, he said.

In the village (undisclosed for security reasons) where he is now living, there are no Christians, and the pastor who led him to Christ is too far away to help in any regular way, he said.

For now, he seeks odd jobs to try to support himself and his estranged family, also experiencing rejection as Mujenya Gusolo Zibail strongly associates them with Christianity.

“My father last week began questioning her after hearing the children sing Christian songs and has also made her life difficult,” Muhamud said.

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