BERLIN: Muslim refugees from Iran and Afghanistan converting to Christianity seeking better chances of asylum in Germany.
According to media reports, most of these refugees say true belief has prompted their embrace of Christianity. However, their decision to convert to Christianity will also greatly increase their chances of earning asylum by claiming that “they would face persecution if were sent home.”
Seeing the flexibility displayed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel who announced that Islam “belongs in Germany.” Nevertheless in countries like Afghanistan and Iran, a Muslim’s conversion to Christianity is punished by death or imprisonment, which makes it unlikely that Germany would deport converted Iranian and Afghan refugees back home.
Media is reports story of an Iranian Muslim, Mohammed Ali Zonoobi who is one of thousands of converted Iranians. “Will you break away from Islam?” Pastor Gottfried Martens asked the Iranian refugee. “Yes,” he replies fervently. Ali bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. Pastor apreading his hands in blessing, baptises the man “in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.”
Mohammed Ali Zonoobi is now Martin; no longer Muslim, but Christian.The family of four including Ali, his wife and two children arrived in Germany about five months ago. Ali, was a carpenter back in the Iranian city of Shiraz is just an example of hundreds of mostly Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers who are opting to convert to Christianity at the evangelical Trinity Church in Berlin.
Ali maintains that Christianity not new to him, he used to attend secret religious services in Iran from the time when his friends introduced him to the Bible at age 18.He was intimidated after some of his Christian friends were arrested for practicing their religion in Iran.
“Now we are free and can be ourselves. Most important, I am so happy that our children will have a good future here and can get a good education in Germany,” his wife says.