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 Prayer Alert: Maryam and Marzieh on Trial in Iran


Maryam Rustampoor (27) and Marzieh Amirizadeh (30) were first arrested and imprisoned on March 5 on charges of “taking part in illegal gatherings” and “acting against state security.” One unconfirmed report I read said they had taken up a church offering without being authorized to do so. They have been in Evin Prison ever since.

In a court trial yesterday, Sunday, August 9, they were told to recant their faith. Even though the mandatory death sentence for apostasy did not pass the Iranian Parliament, there is still a very real danger they will be convicted of apostasy and given the death sentence.
However, Islamic law forbids the execution of virgins, which both these young women are. To get around that, unmarried female convicts are forcefully “wed” the night before their execution, gang raped all night, and then executed the following morning.
Please pray earnestly these young women will be delivered from such a fate.



Pray for Maryam Rostampour and Marzieh Amirizadeh
Sunday, August 9, 2009

In a dramatic session before the revolutionary court today in Tehran, Maryam Rustampoor (27), and Marzieh Amirizadeh (30) were told to recant their faith in Christ. Though great pressure was put on them, both women declared that they would not deny their faith.
Maryam and Marzieh were originally arrested on March 5, 2009 and have suffered greatly while in prison, suffering ill health, solitary confinement and interrogations for many hours while blindfolded.

On Saturday August 8, Maryam and Marzieh were summoned to appear in court on Sunday August 9 in order to hear a verdict on their case. The chief interrogator had recommended a verdict of ‘apostasy.’
However, when they arrived, no verdict was actually given. Instead, the court session focussed on the deputy prosecutor, Mr Haddad, questioning Maryam and Marzieh about their faith and telling them that they had to recant in both verbal and written form. This made it clear that in the eyes of the court, Maryam and Marzieh’s only crime is that they have converted to Christianity.

Mr. Haddad, asked the two women if they were Christians. “We love Jesus,” they replied. He repeated his question and they said, “Yes, we are Christians.”
Mr. Haddad then said, “You were Muslims and now you have become Christians.”
“We were born in Muslim families, but we were not Muslims,” was their reply.

Mr. Haddad’s questioning continued and he asked them if they regretted becoming Christians, to which they replied, “We have no regrets.”
Then he stated emphatically, “You should renounce your faith verbally and in written form.” They stood firm and replied, “We will not deny our faith.”

During one tense moment in the questioning, Maryam and Marzieh made reference to their belief that God had convicted them through the Holy Spirit. Mr. Haddad told them, “It is impossible for God to speak with humans.”
Marzieh asked him in return, “Are you questioning whether God is Almighty?”
Mr. Haddad then replied, “You are not worthy for God to speak to you.”
Marzieh said, “It is God, and not you, who determines if I am worthy.”

Mr. Haddad told the women to return to prison and think about the options they were given and come back to him when they are ready (to comply). Maryam and Marzieh said, “We have already done our thinking.”

At the end of the session, Mr. Haddad told them that a judge will give them his verdict, though it is not clear who will be the judge in their case now. He also allowed Maryam and Marzieh to have a lawyer represent them in the case for the first time since their arrest.

Both women are back in Evin prison tonight. During their five-month ordeal, both have been unwell and have lost much weight. Marzieh is in pain due to an on-going problem with her spine, as well as an infected tooth and intense headaches. She desperately needs medical attention. Two months ago the prison officials told her the prison had proper medical equipment and that they will attend to her, but so far no proper treatment has been given.

Despite the concentrated effort of officials to pressure them into recanting their faith, Maryam and Marzieh love Jesus and they are determined to stand firm to the very end no matter whatever happens. They have demonstrated their love for Jesus and would offer their lives for Him if they were called to do so. After today’s court session they said, “If we come out of prison we want to do so with honor.”

Maryam and Marzieh’s case is a clear and harsh violation of human rights and religious liberty by Iran’s authorities. They deserve the support of all those who respect human rights and to be released without charges so they can pursue a life of freedom.

-Intercessors Network

 2009/8/11 19:28
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 Re: Prayer Alert: Maryam and Marzieh on Trial in Iran

Abba Father, we come to you in Jesus name and lift these two precious children of yours before your throne of grace.Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh. Lord have mercy- they are women too protect them in every way-We plead before you for their lives for divine protection and divine intervention.Forgive us for not keeping track of this situation. forgive me- forgive me- help lord us the body of christ to rise up to these situations and be on our knees for these lives. Are we late in seeing in this need- nothing is impossible with you. Trust you that they are safe in your hands.in Jesus name amen.

 2009/8/13 20:35Profile









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[url=http://www.prisoneralert.com/pprofiles/vp_prisoner_193_profile.html?_nc=d9a15f48bfa90b262c62c8358951677b]Fact sheet on Prisoneralert.com[/url]


[url=http://www.prisoneralert.com/qry/vp_writeletter.taf?pfilid=193&_UserReference=ACC1466BD829A02D4A85DA67&_nc=d0f0fa80b6ac625907bd42e448b6843c]And if you would like to write a letter to these sisters you can through Voice of the Martys[/url]

 2009/8/17 10:40









 Re: Prayer Alert: Maryam and Marzieh on Trial in Iran

Yes, we really must pray and support them- these things are happening on a daily basis. Whilst we are free to openly worship and fellowship (at least at this present time!), there are those who have to meet in secret, or even worse, become prisoners and martyrs for simply saying that they are Christians, and refusing to deny their faith in Jesus. The VOM seems a great organisation to support in any way we can.
Thanks, Joy, I will certainly be writing to these sisters and praying for them. God bless you for doing what you do through these post.
Joy

 2009/8/17 16:32









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Update from [url=http://persecutedchurch.blogspot.com/2009/09/update-on-maryam-and-marzieh.html]Persecuted Church Blog[/url]


Elam Ministries is reporting that the health of Iranian Christians Maryam Rustampoor (27) and Marzieh Amirizadeh (30) is deteriorating after having been imprisoned for six months. Here is their latest update:

Maryam and Marzieh have now been in prison in Tehran because of their faith for over six months and their health is deteriorating. This is the most urgent matter for prayer - that the Lord heals them directly and miraculously for the glory of His name and their encouragement.

Both women are suffering from sore throats, irregular painful stomach aches and often intense head aches. Both have lost much weight during their ordeal, because of their sickness and lack of nutrition. Marzieh's tooth infection is only being treated by painkillers and if the infection spreads it could become critical.

Due to overcrowding in the prison and the limited facilities, they have not received adequate treatment. There are also many other sick inmates and so there is a constant risk of picking up other viruses.

Regarding their case, the judge has said that they are 'not cooperating' meaning Maryam and Marzieh would not deny Christ but were faithful witnesses. The implication of his remark is that they continue to stay in prison. This is the normal punishment for female apostates: they are kept imprisoned until they recant. Please pray for this judge that he is either removed from the case or that he orders their release.

Please pray for these dear sisters and show your solidarity with them by posting a prayer for them on our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall.

Please also consider Maryam and Marzieh in prison at:

Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh
Evin Prison
Saadat Abad
Tehran
Islamic Republic of Iran

Yes, you can write in English but if you wish to compose a letter in Farsi, our US sister mission has an online tool that can help you. Click here.

Please note
When writing a letter, never mention the name of the source of your information or the name of any organization such as The Voice of the Martyrs. It is not dangerous for a prisoner to receive letters from individuals, but if an organization is mentioned they may be accused of links with ‘foreign organizations’ and receive harsher sentences. Also, please do not state anything negative about their government.

[url=http://persecutedchurch.blogspot.com/2009/09/update-on-maryam-and-marzieh.html]Posted by Glenn Penner at 9/10/2009[/url]

 2009/9/11 10:36









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hmm.. these blessed sisters enduring for Jesus.

Thank you for posting the update.

 2009/9/11 11:27





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