Egypt – Undate on ID card amendment for Christian convert

Barnabas Fund. Last month an Egyptian court ruled against Maher al-Gohari, an Egyptian Christian convert who had been campaigning to have his religious status changed on his ID card. As reported last month, Maher travelled abroad to obtain a baptismal certificate, in order to have his conversion to Christianity recognised by the Egyptian church, who then issued a letter of acceptance into church membership. His application failed on the grounds that the certificate had not been formally confirmed by the Egyptian church, and therefore it was invalid. The judge also stated that no legal documents verifying the need for Maher’s card to be amended had been submitted to the court, although in fact no competent body exists to provide these, as conversion from Islam is not a legal concept. Maher’s legal team are preparing to appeal against the ruling, as they believe the judge interpreted Egypt’s Civil Code in an extremely restrictive way. This included accepting a State Council report which states: “the religious conversion of a Muslim is against Islamic law and poses a threat to public order.”  • Pray that all parties involved in this case will act with integrity and that Maher al-Gohari’s legal team will know God’s wisdom as the case continues. • Pray that Maher’s case will ultimately be successful, allowing his ID card to be changed and thus setting a precedent for other Christian converts. • Pray that Maher and his daughter, also a Christian, will know the presence and peace of Jesus each day

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