The judge shook his finger at the defendant. "You had better get a heavy-duty lawyer." He slammed down the gavel and pronounced the charges. "Sedition for speaking out for this country to recognize Israel." Ghazi's cheeks stung at the judge's words, portraying him as a weak attorney because he was Bahai. He knew that his client would return to the area of the jail reserved for criminally insane.
Ghazi and other Bahais stayed at the accused's home, in an attempt to protect the Christian man's family. Such kind actions are common for the Bahais. The family shared their Christian faith with Ghazi and his friends, but because of the spiritual veil that covers their eyes to the truth, they continue to believe that all faiths are acceptable and there is only need for goodness and kindness in one's life.
Bahais believe that when there is a crisis, God appears in the form of a prophet. They believe that Moses, Mohammed and Jesus are all such manifestations. The Bahai religion was born from the belief of a man who saw himself to be the Muslim messiah in the early 1800s. It has spread throughout the world and there are about 10,000 Bahais in Bangladesh. They are widely persecuted.
* Pray that the spiritual veil is lifted from the eyes of these kind, gracious people.
* Pray that they will see that their actions, however good, are not enough to reach God.
* Pray that thousands of Bahai find eternal life through Christ.
|Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-29|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2010-12-06|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2011-05-15|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||26 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||4|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Bengali (11,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||ben Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Bengali|
Primary Language: Bengali
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1801-1984)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Bengali Bible stories|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Bengali|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Following Jesus (India, JF Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Bengali|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Rivka (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|