A Young Girl in Iran Faces Execution

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I saw this headline some days ago in a national newspaper “Child bride who killed abusive husband to be executed.” A young girl in Iran, younger than my own daughters, faces execution…

Somehow this horrific story has been on my mind ever since. This morning while driving I was saddened to see a lovely hare lying dead on the road – totally unrelated but again the issue of death struck me and that story filled my mind once more in the early morning.

Animals die and it is sad – but animals, the innocent members of the Lord’s creation have no sin and are not held accountable for eternity in the way that human beings are.

I pray for Rzieh Ebrahimi (also known as ‘Maryam’) who was forced to marry at 14, became a mother at 15 and after years of terrible abuse killed her husband at 17.

Under Iranian law the minimum age of responsibility is 15 for boys and strangely – 9 for girls, while girls can marry at 13 and boys at 15.

Such laws are unthinkable in our society and the practice of forced marriage which is prevalent in so many Islamic countries is alien to us, as is Iran’s policy of executing children, making it the world’s highest offender in this regard.

Most of those young offenders who are executed are young women who suffer terrible abuse within forced under-age marriages and who turn to violence to escape their circumstances. In this and other parts of the world young women have even been known to set themselves on fire in abusive situations.

I belong to a much older generation and yet I grew up in circumstances as remote from those in Iran as it is possible to be. How horrific it must be to be born into a country (particularly if you are female) where forced marriage, abuse and unjust laws are the order of the day, all in the name of tradition and a religion whose ‘holy’ book outlines how your wife is to be beaten.

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8v36)

Free from unjust laws, free from sin, free to serve Him with a joyful heart in a realm where “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for we are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3v28&29)

May the Lord be with the tiny minority of Christians who live in societies like Iran and Saudi Arabia and may He bless, strengthen and protect those who labour for the gospel under highly dangerous circumstances – and may He send more labourers into this vast harvest.

This day I pray for Maryam who may be about to face a horrific death, that somehow the Lord will intervene, for it is not His will that she should perish in such a manner. (2Peter 3v9)

Iran is a signatory to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child but Sharia Law at all times takes precedence in this society.

One of the last headlines I read recently proclaimed: “Iranian Child Bride at Imminent Risk of Execution.”

Even now, as I write, Maryam could be being led away…

I would ask anyone reading this to pray for this and indeed other similar situations which have never reached the public eye… yet the Lord knows about those involved, loves them and gave His very Self for them, for “His eye seeth every precious thing.” (Job 28v10)

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