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Mahmood Matin-Azad
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On September 9, Iran's parliament voted in favour of a draft law that would mandate the death penalty for those convicted of apostasy, a charge frequently brought against Christians in the country. If this law passes all stages of Iran's legislative process, Mahmood Matin-Azad and Arash Basirat, who were recently charged with apostasy (click here for more information), could be sentenced to death. Under current Iranian law, apostasy is a capital offence but the judge is free to decide the penalty.

Current Ministry Fund

By funding television broadcasts, VOMC is making it possible for a vast audience of viewers to be reached throughout Iran with the "Good News" of Jesus' love via satellite.

Project Fund: Underground Church

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
85,888,910 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity
Persian, Azeri, Kurd, Lur, Baloch, Arab, Turkmen and Turkic tribes

Religion (%)
Islam (99.6), other, including Christian (0.3), Unspecified (0.2)

Leader
President Ebrahim Raisi (2021)

Government type
Theocratic republic

Legal system
Religious legal system based on secular and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Iran

As the Gospel message goes forth over the airwaves, may the growth of the church continue to multiply despite persecution. Pray that the Iranian government will be open to change, allowing full rights and protection for its non-Muslim citizens as well. In the meantime, may those who are forced to flee the country find safe refuge and help so they can live in peace and worship the Lord with freedom.

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