Watch Rifqa Bary giving her testimony in May of 2009 while Rifqa was in Ohio.
Do you know her? No? Read on!
Who is Rifqa Bary?
Fathima Rifqa Bary is an American teenager of Sri Lankan descent who drew international attention in 2009 when she ran away from home and claimed that her Muslim parents might kill her for having converted to Christianity. Two independent investigations in Ohio and Florida found no credible evidence that her life was in danger.
Ms. Bary’s case has become a focal point in a culture clash between Evangelical Christians and Muslim Americans. Muslim sources say it is motivated by Islamophobia; Christian sources say they fear for Bary’s life because they believe Islamic Sharia law mandates honor killing for apostasy.
Fathima Rifqa Bary is the 17 year old daughter of Mohamed and Aysha Bary, Muslim immigrants from Sri Lanka. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio. Rifqa’s attorney John Stemberger claims the Bary family are members of the Noor Islamic Cultural Center (NICC) near Columbus, Ohio. In an official statement, NICC denies they are familiar with Rifqa or her family and states that their records only show Rifqa attended their Sunday School three times in 2007.
Rifqa ran away from home in July 2009 to the home of a Christian pastor in Florida whose wife she had met on Facebook. She had been with Reverend Blake Lorenz and his wife Mrs. Beverly Lorenz for three weeks before they contacted child welfare authorities. Her case drew attention when she appeared on television and declared that her father “said he would kill me or send me back to Sri Lanka,” describing herself as the intended victim of an honor killing. Brian Williams drove her to a bus station where she purchased a ticket under an assumed name for her bus ride to Orlando.
Her parents say they have never threatened to harm her. Her father, a jeweler, told a reporter that “Honestly, we didn’t know why she left.” And that as to the death threat described by his daughter, “She doesn’t know what she’s talking about,” and “I want her to come back home. I love my daughter whether she’s Christian or anything else. I want my daughter back.”
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I don’t know more. But I saw one thing! Her Testimony, in this video clip. This is amazing!
This girl has an amazing faith to our Lord. This is a Great example of God working through people to get His word spread throughout the world. Amen sister! God Bless you, Rifqa.