Why Rifqa Bary Fled Islam to Follow Jesus

CBN News first learned the name Rifqa Bary in 2009, when the then-teenager ran away from home to escape her Muslim family.

When Bary was 16 years old, her Muslim parents found out she had renounced Islam and had become a Christian. That’s when she ran away from home in Ohio and took refuge with Christians in Florida she had met on Facebook.

Bary had heard stories of so-called honor killings for those who renounce Islam, and she feared that if she returned home, her father would try to kill her.

“This is not just some threat; this is reality. This is truth,” Bary said.

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Bary’s parents denied their daughter’s claims and fought to have her returned home.

Police in Florida and Ohio found no evidence she was in danger, but because she was a minor, Bary remained in Ohio state custody until her 18th birthday.

Today, the 22-year-old college student tells her remarkable story in a new book, Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus.

Rifqa Bary spoke with CBN Host Pat Robertson about her experiences. 

Report via CBN News

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