44-year-old persecuted convert flees to an undisclosed location in America
After six months in the limelight of unprecedented international advocacy, Hussein Qambar Ali, a Muslim convert to Christianity, fled his native Kuwait in mid-August to an undisclosed location in the United States.
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Hussein, who has changed his first name to Robert, was ruled an apostate by an Islamic court on May 29 (CT, July 15, 1996, p. 54). Under strict Islamic law, any Muslim who deserts Islam is forcibly divorced, divested of parental and inheritance rights, and subject to execution if unrepentant.
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Jacobson told CT that at this point it was “completely [Hussein]’s decision” as to whether he would seek religious asylum in the United States. “As an organization, we go in and help people get out of harm’s way,” Jacobson explained. “He wanted to come; he felt as though his life was in jeopardy, and we verified this, so we acted on what we knew.”
Kuwait: Persecuted Convert Flees to America
Barbara G. Baker, Christianity Today, October 7, 1996