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Sementara di negara kafir, Muslim menuntut membangun mesjid dimana-mana, inilah yang terjadi di negara Islam:
Saudi Arabia Menyerukan Penghancuran Gereja-gereja di Wilayahnya
Awal bulan ini, berita dari Saudi memberikan sinyal bahaya bagi umat Kristen.
Todd Nettleton, juru bicara Voice of the Martyrs USA, berkata, "The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia telah menah tsb." Nettleton menambahkan laporan ttg ini tidak diberitakan keluar kecuali di Website Council on Foreign Relations, yang kemu Webdian dikutip The Atlantic.
Semenjak Saudi Arabia berada di urutan kedua di daftar Open Doors World Watch List (dari 50 negara dimana umat Kristen paling banyak mengalami penganiayaan), berita tsb tidak lagi mengejutkan. Tidak ada jaminan bagi kebebasan beragama di dalam konstitusi kerajaan Islam ini.
Semua warga harus memeluk Islam, murtad ke agama lain dihukum mati. Ibadah Kristen dilarang, yang melanggar akan masuk penjara, dicambuk, dideportasi dan disiksa. Menginjili Musli dan mendistribusikan bacaan-bacaan non-Islam ilegal. Muslim yang masuk Kristen beresiko mengalami honor killings, dan para pekerja Kristen mengalami penganiayaan dari majikannya.
Pernyataan sheikh Abdul-Aziz ibn Abdullah, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, berdampak lebih jauh. Nettleton menjelaskan, "’Dalam pertemuan dengan para pejabat Kuwait yang berkunjung ke Saudi Arabia, mereka bertanya pada ulama Islam ini, ‘Apa yang harus kami lakukan pada gereja-gereja? Dijawab sang grand Mufti, ‘Tidak boleh ada gereja Kristen di Semenanjung Arab."
According to the report, the delegation wanted to confirm Shariah’s position on churches. Essentially, Nettleton says, "If you have churches in Kuwait, which they do, they should be destroyed. The interesting thing about this is that there are no churches in Saudi Arabia. There are no church buildings that are allowed to exist there. So he clearly wasn’t talking only for his own country. He was trying to export this ideology to the surrounding countries."
This proclamation could affect churches in Kuwait, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. Nettleton observes that "in most of these countries, we’re not talking about a lot of churches; we’re talking about a few that are allowed to exist primarily to serve foreigners that are living in that country."
However, the U.N. Human Rights Council has yet to take a stand on such blatant violations of freedom of religion. How the governments implement this declaration is yet to be determined.
"Most of these countries would consider their native population to be 100 percent Muslim," says Nettleton. "We could see more persecution. We could see churches closed or destroyed. We just kind of wait to see now."
The concern raised by this view has not escaped the notice of the U.S. government, though. The most recent International Religious Freedom report (annually issued by the State Department) remarks, "Freedom of religion is neither recognized nor protected under the law and is severely restricted in practice. … The government officially does not permit non-Muslim clergy to enter the country to conduct religious services, although some do so under other auspices and are able to hold services. These entry restrictions make it difficult for non-Muslims to maintain regular contact with clergy. This is particularly problematic for Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians, whose faiths require that they receive sacraments from a priest on a regular basis."
For the most part, says Nettleton, the Mufti’s statement will be buried in the mainstream media. However, he’s encouraging believers to ask God to continue to intervene. There are Christ followers in Saudi Arabia who "take great risk to follow Jesus Christ," he says. "They take great risk to even talk about their faith with another person. We can pray for God’s protection over them. We can pray for encouragement."
What’s more, ask God to continue His intervention. While the Arabian Peninsula isn’t a place for the more traditional approach to sharing Christ’s story, there are still many who are encountering the gospel.
"Pray that Muslims will come to know Christ," Nettleton says. "One of the things that’s happening, not only in Saudi Arabia but across the Middle East, is Muslims encountering Christ through dreams and visions and other supernatural ways."