#MoralStory: It takes courage to be a Christian in Pakistan

This is the story of Kainut, a brave 20-year-old girl who grew up a Muslim, with a Christian mother and a Muslim father, but she chose to become a Catholic. As a result, she and her family are suffering harassment, discrimination and worse. According to Islamic law, if someone leaves Islam, that person can be killed with impunity. Kainut, who is studying medicine, speaks to the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need about her life and the momentous choice she made:

“This is what happened to my mother: as a student, she was kidnapped by Muslims who forced her to accept Islam and compelled her to marry my father. It is a very common practice in my province to forcefully convert Hindu and Christian girls to Islam. My mother admitted my father as her husband and started living a normal life with him. They had four children—there are two younger brothers and a sister. I am the eldest.

“However, my mother secretly went to church and I often went with her. She read the Bible in the home; it was clear that she didn’t embrace Islam; in her heart, she was still a Christian. I also started reading the Bible and going to church regularly with my mother. Once I was in church and people were standing in line for taking Holy Communion; I joined the line, but someone told me I was not allowed to take Communion because I was not a Christian. That incident made me cry.Read More »