Christian Stabbed to Death

7 May 2003

Christian evangelist becomes Bangladesh’s first martyr in modern times following 
attack by at least seven Muslim extremists armed with knives.

Just after midnight, early in the morning of 24 April Hridoy Roy was returning 
home after showing a film version of Luke’s Gospel. As he approached his house 
seven or eight people attacked him, stabbing him seven times. He died instantly.

Hridoy Roy was a Bangladeshi evangelist and regularly used to put on the film, 
known as the Jesus Film. He is believed to be the first martyr in Bangladesh in 
modern times, if not ever; local believers feel that he will not be the last. 
They are in a state of deep shock, mourning and great fear following this tragic 

In Islamic law (Shari’ah) conversion from Islam to another faith (apostasy) is 
punishable by death. This is a deep seated tradition among Muslims and those who 
do convert, if not killed, are often subject to beatings and having their 
possessions and family taken away from them. This is the fundamental reason for 
the antipathy that most Muslims hold towards those who try to proselytise in 
their communities. It goes a long way towards explaining why they are sometimes 
willing to take such draconian measures to make sure that none of their 
community will be corrupted.

Pray for comfort, love and support for Hridoy’s family at this devastating time.
Ask that they will know the Lord’s presence in the midst of their grief.

Pray for protection and encouragement for other believers and Christian workers 
in Bangladesh, many of whom have ministries in dangerous areas.

Pray that moderate Muslims will push for changes in the Apostasy law.

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