Christian convert – imprisonment, execution and separation – British wife + daughter if deported to Iran [#ChristianPersecution #IranPersecution] 02/17

Christian convert – imprisonment, execution and separation – British wife + daughter if deported to Iran [#ChristianPersecution #IranPersecution] 02/17

38-year-old Christian convert, Reza Karkah could face imprisonment, execution and separation from his British wife, Leigh Riley and daughter, Rosie if deported to Iran [#ChristianPersecution #IranPersecution]

A 38-year-old Christian convert, who says he would face imprisonment, execution and separation from his British wife and daughter if deported to Iran, has once again applied for asylum to the U.K.’s Home Office, as his appeal was earlier rejected because he was not able to name Judas as the betrayer of Jesus at an immigration hearing.

Reza Karkah from Bradford, who fled Iran for the U.K. in 2003, said if he is deported, Iranian authorities would punish him for his conversion to Christianity, said the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting his case.

At an earlier immigration hearing, Reza Karkah found it difficult to understand the 150 questions he was asked, including his favorite passage from the Bible, and identifying the betrayer of Jesus and the denomination into which he was baptized.

Unable to answer some of the questions correctly, his application was rejected as the judge was not convinced he was a real Christian.

“Reza Karkah is the real deal. A courageous man transformed by the gospel and the hope of the Lord Jesus Christ. At stake here is not just the life of Reza, but also his equally brave yet vulnerable wife, and their beautiful daughter.”
– Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Center

If he is deported, his wife, Leigh Riley, would find it difficult to look after their 4-year-old daughter, Rosie.

“I am afraid that my daughter will think I have abandoned her if I was deported.”
– Reza Karkah

“I feel weighed down and that my life is on hold. Knowing that I could be snatched off the street makes me nervous about leaving the house. We pray each time we go out that Jesus will have mercy on us. I now have a new life and a new hope. To think that this could be taken from me in a moment is horrible.”
– Reza Karkah

“When I was down and out on the streets, meeting Reza changed my life. He was the first person who was kind to me. Now we are a family and I am a mother to a beautiful four-year-old daughter. I don’t even want to think about what they might do to my husband if he was returned to Iran. You hear such terrible stories.”
– Leigh Riley who was born in Yorkshire

In its judgment in 2018, the Home Office said that Reza Karkah would not be exposed to “a real act of persecution” if he was deported.

Andrea Williams argued that the Home Office often fails to properly understand “the nature of Christian faith or the scale of the challenges faced by Christians in Iran.”

Converting from Islam is illegal in Iran and punishable by death.

Reza Karkah’s initial bid for asylum was rejected in 2004, making him homeless, addicted to drugs and a petty criminal.

That is when he met Leigh Wiley.

A year later, they converted to Christianity as a result of a local church’s outreach program.

After being baptized, Reza Karkah quit drugs and is now an active member of a church.

Reza Karkah has not committed any crime over the last 5 years.

“The people at the soup kitchen spoke to me about Jesus Christ, the Bible and the need for salvation. They were kind and compassionate giving us access to a doctor, sleeping bags and clothing. I found hope, we both became Christians. Since then our lives have completely changed. My wife is unrecognizable from the disheveled, broken and abused woman I met in 2012.”
– Reza Karkah

Last year, the Home Office said it would take a second look at another Iranian Christian’s asylum claim after the department first denied the application, arguing that Christianity is not a peaceful religion.

The department faced international criticism for attacking Christianity as a violent religion in a letter stating their reasons for denying the Christian convert’s asylum application.

Iranian Christian convert fears execution if deported for giving wrong answers on Bible quiz
Christian Post

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