Report: Islamic Saudi Arabia Passes Law That May Impose Death Penalty on Bible Smugglers

Mecca Photo Ali MansuriRIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Recent reports state that officials in the Islamic country of Saudi Arabia have passed a law that may impose the death penalty on Bible smugglers and any others distributing religious materials that are not of the Muslim religion.

“[T]he new law extends to the importing of all illegal drugs and ‘all publications that have a prejudice to any other religious beliefs other than Islam,'” Paul Washer’s HeartCry Missionary Society outlines in a post on their website. “In other words, anyone who attempts to bring Bibles or gospel literature into the country will have all materials confiscated and be imprisoned and sentenced to death.”

It points to an article on the Copts Today website, which notes that “indecent materials and publications” are also included in the customs prohibition.

Reporters have attempted to obtain confirmation of the report from Saudi Arabia’s U.S. Embassy press officer in Washington, but the information has neither been confirmed or denied.

“Sometimes they don’t want to say anything (to the media),” a representative named Cecelia told WND.

The United Nations has also declined to comment on whether or not the report is accurate.

As the HeartCry Missionary Society notes in pointing to a video on Prayercast, Saudi Arabia has a long history of hostility toward Christians, as it is illegal to convert to Christianity in the country, a crime considered to be apostasy against Islam and punishable by death.

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“Christians are raped, abducted, murdered, and beaten on a daily basis. Saudis who accept Christ as their Savior are choosing to pick up a cross of ostracism, discrimination, harassment, and even death,” it outlines. “They risk losing their jobs, access to education for their children, or even the right to basic utilities like water and electricity.”

Open Doors International likewise reports that Christians are forced to worship in secret as it classifies Saudi Arabia as #6 on its “World Watch List” of the 100 most dangerous places to live as a Christian. Saudi Arabia is the home of Mecca and the “Mosque of the Prophet,” which contains the tomb of the Islamic prophet Mohammad.

“The open practice of any religion other than Islam is forbidden here, and conversion to another faith is punishable by death. Most Christians are ex-pats from Asia or Africa,” it states. “During 2013, several Christian migrant fellowships were raided by police, and tens of worshipers detained and deported. Muslim-background believers run the risk of honor killing if their faith is discovered.”

The U.S. Department of State noted several other cases in its 2009 report on religious freedom in the country.

“On January 13, 2009, [Hamoud Saleh] Al-Amri was arrested for discussing his Christian faith on his blog,” it explained. “The case received international attention and advocacy groups such as the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) campaigned for Al-Amri’s release.”

“On January 29, 2009, Sabri Bogday, a Turkish barber, returned to Turkey after the King [of Saudi Arabia] pardoned him,” the government report also outlined. “On March 31, 2008, Bogday was sentenced to death after two men reported to authorities that he blasphemed God and the Prophet Muhammad in his barber shop. On May 1, 2008, an appellate court upheld his conviction of blasphemy, necessitating the pardon.”

“On August 12, 2008, and reported that a member of the CPVPV in the Eastern Province murdered his sister after confirming she had converted to Christianity,” it continued. “She had reportedly revealed the story of her conversion on a website posting. The story was picked up and widely reported by other Internet news outlets, some of which provided additional detail, including that she wrote about her family’s hostility toward her after heated discussions about her new faith.”

Despite the consequences, a number of Muslims are receiving the gospel nonetheless.

“[A] small but growing number of Muslims are coming to Christ and sharing their faith on the internet and satellite TV,” Open Doors USA states.

“[T]he Church flourishes under persecution, and the body of underground believers in Saudi Arabia is no exception,” adds Prayercast. “No one is beyond the reach of God’s hand; pray for the Saudis to have the courage to take hold of it.”

Prayercast | Saudi Arabia from Prayercast on Vimeo.

Photo: Ali Mansuri


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  • For some reason I’ve got the overwhelming urge to go to Saudi Arabia with a crate full of Bibles.

    • Rommel Siso

      our pastor here in Saudi Arabia had once or several times smuggled Bibles in Riyadh airport without being caught…or shall I say, had just been ignored by the Airport Authority….and one of my companions when we arrived here from the Philippines, had placed his Bible inside his bag right over the other things inside without being questioned (these are the testimony we as Christians are holding that our Lord Jesus Christ is truly working in and through every believer here in the Middle East.

      • Vita Tu’amoheloa

        Amen Rommel Siso

  • ma

    This is where the atheists should go with their message.

    • James Grimes

      The Atheists would be disgusting to the Saudi people.

  • James Grimes

    Are they afraid of the truth of Christianity and the lie of Islam?

    • Neiman

      No! They are extremists, they will never be dissuaded from their faith in Allah and Mohammad as his prophet. They are convinced the Mahdi is coming and they must prepare the world for him.

  • Frank

    Jesus is appearing to people in Mecca. They cannot keep Him out no matter how many laws they pass. Jesus is Lord of all.

    • Neiman

      Islam predicts Jesus coming to Muslims and that He will reveal that He is not the Savior, but a Prophet of Allah, inferior to Mohammad. At the same time, they are expecting their Savior, the 12 Imam, the Mahdi will arise as well to establish a global Caliphate. They are prepared for this appearing of Jesus, they will craft Him into their own image of a Islamic Prophet.

      • Frank

        Yes, but He is not appearing to them that way. He is appearing to them as the Living Savior! He is appearing to them as He is. All praise Lord Jesus, the Risen Savior!

        • Neiman

          I am not disagreeing with you and I rejoice as well. I am just saying Islam is prepared for this phenomena and will try and use it to their advantage.

    • Anna Kure

      yes that’s right

  • John Lawless

    I lived in KSA for almost 6 years and never heard of any of the things reported. There were those who committed murder, adultery, drug smuggling, and theft by a government official which were sentenced to death.I personally was part of the underground church. We were able to operate so long as we kept it low key.

  • Neiman

    Study up on the Coming Islamic Savior the Mahdi, Islam, they believe they must by blood cleanse this world and turn everyone to Islam or murder all that resist them. This is Islam! This is the Qur’an! They are not playing games.

  • Anton Viljoen

    They are so afraid. millions and millions of them … so afraid of the real truth . they are surely deceived ! Jesus is the real real answer . Can they renew , can they grasp their faith IN JESUS ??

  • jcd0101

    kill christians for smuggling bibles
    But PRAISE the islamists who are
    killing 125 kids in a school
    burning teachers alive in front of the kids
    blowing up the schools
    smuggling explosives and weapons
    financing their islamist trades with drug dealing

    So all of that is ok

    But bring in a BIBLE GASP and we will kill you!!!!

    you cant make this up

    • Frank

      The religion of pieces.

  • roccolore

    But Democrats say there is no persecution against Christians and Muslims are the victims.

  • If God want his scriptures in Saudi Arabia ,he can turn stones into bibles

  • marianknight

    The Saudis Financed the largest and tallest mosque in Rome and in Europe that was over 25 years ago. St. Pope Paul 2 said then that they build mosques in Rome , Europe and all over the world but do not allow religious freedom in their own country. Jesus
    is mentioned 25 times in the Koran . It is mentioned that He was born through
    the will of God . through the power of the Holy Spirit through virgin birth,
    That He is a sinless human being , That He is alive in the present , That in
    His name the sick are healed , The
    Demons cast out and the dead come back to life , He is called Word of God and the Spirit of God . Who can
    be the Spirit of God ? Except Gods Son ? Would the Word of God ever lie ? Never
    ! Jesus Himself said ” God is my
    Father , He sent me to give the Good News to the World . He said he is the way
    the truth and the life .He is Jesus the Christ the ONLY SON
    of God. Jesus is appearing to Muslims when they are doing the Haj in Mecca and Medina . He is appearing to Muslims all over the world .Every year over 2,000,000 Muslims come to believe in Jesus Christ . One cannot stop the Holy Spirit and the more they try to stop the Bible and the Good News , the more they will fail , as they go against God !.

    • The Questioner

      why do u worship Jesus when u have ur own God The Greatest ?

  • Max M Lobo

    Qur’an…..114 chapters, 6666 in the Koran, the name of prophet Muhammad found it in Koran 4 places, but the name of Jesus I found in 25 places. Why does the Koran give more preference to Jesus?.. chapter 3 verses 45 to 55 verses, there is 10 point which the Koran makes about Jesus.The first thing Koran says (kallimatulli) the arabic word which means ‘’the of God’’ and second thing is ( ahimokuli ) which mean spirit of God and the third (isa masi) which means Jesus Christ so Koran give the name for Jesus WORD OF GOD, SPIRIT OF GOD, JESUS CHRIST. Koran says that Jesus created a live bird with mud. He took some mud, he formed a bird; when breathed into it, it became a live bird.Word of God is creator… The reason why Muslim doesn’t accept to be Christian is because they are blinded with the wrong teaching of their priest, Imam.

    • The Questioner

      Why do u worship Jesus when The Greatest(The Real God) who created Jesus is exist?