Muslim villagers in eastern Uganda on Nov. 23 destroyed the maize crops of a former Islamic sheikh (teacher) in eastern Uganda who was beaten unconscious after revealing his faith in Christ, sources said.
The day before his fields were destroyed, 30-year-old MalikHigenyi of Bufuja village, Butaleja District, received threatening messages on his mobile phone, he told Morning Star News.
“Be informed that you risk your life and that of the entire family if you happen to come back to your house,” read one anonymous text. “We curse you and your family. You are an apostate according to Islamic law, and you deserve to die.”
Higenyi, who along with his wife and two children secretly embraced Christ on April 16, made an open confession of faith at his church on Nov. 13. News of his confession reached a mosque in nearby Lubanga village immediately, sources said.
“Before reaching my house, suddenly I was attacked by three people,” he told Morning Star News. “They started shouting, saying I am a disgrace to the Muslim fraternity of Lubanga mosque.”
Higenyi suffered a head wound and a broken bone in his right hand.
“The attackers hit me with a blunt object, and I fell down and did not know what happened from there,” he said. “I just found myself at the health center.”
Relatives ostracized him, and Local County 1 Chairman WalubiMailadi supported their opposition to his conversion, sources said. Fearing attacks, he and his family have been unable to return to their thatched-roof home.
The family received Christ when a local pastor (name withheld for security reasons) visited his home and discipled him the following months.
Since Higenyi’s public confession, Muslims from Lubanga mosque have been holding meetings to discuss his punishment, and after Friday prayer meetings they have issued harsh statements against apostates, sources said.
Higenyi and his family are now without a home and have taken refuge at an undisclosed location.