Concerning Said Musa, there are reports that American pressure is working. All the tweets and prayers are having an effect. Denny Burk, once again, has done a great job of getting out the information. His post today details the signs of hope for Said. So, we should keep the pressure on as much as possible. I have linked here an article which has several links at the bottom of the page which will take you directly to the people and agencies you need to contact.
A New York Times story offers this glimmer of hope from a prosecuting attorney in Afghanistan: “Based on Shariah law, whoever converts from Islam should be sentenced to death,” said the prosecutor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “But based on international agreements that Afghanistan has accepted and agreed with, Sayed Mussa has a chance to be released.”
I have learned more about Said, and I have to say his faith is strong indeed. He has received help from no one. He has been assigned 2 lawyers, neither of whom has ever helped him. Indeed, the judge prohibited the first lawyer from helping him. The second lawyer showed no desire to help him. And to make matters worse, during Friday prayers, the mullahs have been broadcasting the message that anyone who defends an infidel is also an infidel. That message appears to be resonating with defense lawyers.
Not only did judges and lawyers abandon him, but, apparently, even the International Red Cross disposed of this innocent man. He worked with the Red Cross for 15 years, helping to fit people with prosthetic limbs. Mussa himself has an artificial leg, and, so, he has been able to help many others adjust to living with an artificial limb. According to this story (which is now 2 months old), the Red Cross refused to help their former employee on the grounds that he was arrested for religious reasons—never mind the fact that their professional pledge is to help whoever has need.
Still, as I said, Said’s faith is strong. He first heard of Christ in a crisis situation. During an earlier Afghanistan war, he watched his neighbor’s house destroyed by a bomb. His neighbor had 8 children. According to the story, the bomb leveled the house, killing 7 of the 10 family members. The one thing which impacted Said more than seeing the house bombed however was watching a group of fearless ladies run into the bombed house and begin digging, trying to help anyone who may have lived through the horror. Though there was continuing gunfire, the women did not waiver from offering their lives in aid. Said was impressed.
“When I saw these women and their compassion for my people, it affected me,” he said. “I asked people who they were and they said they are the followers of Jesus Christ.”