Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow JesusRifqa Bary
"After four years of hiding my faith from my family, I knew that it was time. I wrote with shaky hands, Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. I refuse to deny him. There was no turning back now. I had to get out of that house if I wanted to live. Was this worth risking everyth... Read More
Rifqa Bary grew up in a devout Muslim home, obediently following her parents orders to practice the rituals of Islam. But God was calling her to freedom and love. He was calling her to true faith. He was calling her to give up everything. Leaving Islam for Christianity cost her more than she imagined but gave her more than she could have dreamed. Hiding in the Light tells her remarkable spiritual journey from Islam to Christianity.
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Hardcover
- Release Date: May 21, 2015
- UPC: 9781601426963
- Height: 0.8
- Width: 5.8
- Length: 8.5
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 240
- Publish Date: May 19, 2015
- Language: English
- BISAC: "BIO026000"
- ISBN: 1601426968
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- Heart wrenching Tale of Devotion to Christianity by Heart of a Philanthropist Blogger Kim on 8/23/2015
Hiding in the Light starts with a little girl named Rifqa just under five years old who has her mother's love and admiration. Her father is rarely home as he is a travelling businessman. When Rifqa's father came home from travels and brought her brother a model airplane, Rifqa asked to see it. Her brother did not want to give it up, so Rifqa said the typical, "I'm telling," and started to shout so her brother threw the plane at her. Unfortunately it hit her in the eye and caused irreparable damage. The family got her the medical help she needed right away, but Rifqa became permanently blind in that eye. What is worse? She not only lost her sight, she lost the admiration of her parents. I have no idea how anyone could switch off love for a child, but this family managed.
Later Rifqa was being watched by an uncle who sexually assaulted her. Rather than put the blame where it belonged, Rifqa was accused of allowing this to happen. The family dynamic was completely perverted in Rifqa's home. Rifqa never received any psychological help for her demons, instead her parents began to abuse her physically. Rifqa had no friends, and she was alone.
One day she found a stray kitten. Her parents told her to not play with the kitten that it was 'unclean.' Most things Rifqa liked were unclean in the religion of Islam. To Rifqa's surprise one day her mother seemed a bit amorous. She invited Rifqa to bring the kitten shopping with them.
In junior high, Rifqa became friends with a Korean Christian girl. She started to go to church with her and Rifqa really liked it. It was at this time that Rifqa secretly denounced Islam and became a Christian. It was a very dangerous road for Rifqa to make this choice but she realized it was a road she must take. Rifqa successfully hid her Christianity for four years. One day she was baptized and her father found out. She came home to violence and anger. Mr. Bary demanded that Rifqa deny Christ and come back to Islam. She refused. He told her he would kill her if she didn't leave the faith. Because of the abuse she suffered and the things she'd seen, Rifqa believed him. The eventual plan was that her father was going to come home early from a business trip and take her back to Sri Lanka to be put into an insane asylum.
Rifqa fearing for her life tried to call her friend Brian. Her cell phone was dead. Apparently her father turned off the phone. Rifqa snuck to the front room next to where her mom was sleeping and took the house phone. She called Brian and together they made plans to get her out of her home and to safety. Rifqa moves in with a Christian family in Florida. (Her family is in Ohio). Finding phone numbers of her friends on the cell phone bill, Rifqa's father calls them and threatens them. The police come to Brian and tell him he will be arrested for kidnapping Rifqa. When Rifqa finds out, she calls the police and turns herself in.
Rifqa at her behest was extradited from Florida and sent back to Ohio. Her parents fought the foster care system to get their daughter back. They did not succeed. Seems like that is a long enough story, right? Wrong! IN foster care, Rifqa was diagnosed with stage 2 cancer. She had to undergo chemotherapy which was killing her. One day she announced that she was no longer going through with the chemo. She was granted her green card and aged out of the foster care system. Rifqa is now in college, but she still has to be careful that her family doesn't find her. She is Hiding in the Light.
Although this is a true story, it is written like a well thought out suspense novel. You will cry with the victim and fear for her life. You will rejoice at her success. The book didn't end like I hoped it would, but it IS a true story, and it leaves me with a heart to pray for muslims all over the world.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This post was first seen on Heart of a Philanthropist Blog.
- Rifqa’s chilling story of abuses, finding Jesus and giving up all to follow him was heartbreaking, eye opening and inspiring. by Tara Joy on 8/20/2015
In today’s western culture people don’t understand the severity of the decision to become a Christian. Most people in the USA claim they’re Christians and have no negative effects in their life because of it, so they just keep going about their lives as usual.
Unfortunately for Rifqa Bary, born into a strict Muslim family meant that this wasn’t an option for her. The decision to become a Christian was a life altering choice, which could not be taken lightly. At the young age of 12, Rifqa gave her life to Jesus Christ. After keeping it from her family for 4 years, at 16 she had a serious choice: deny Christ or be murdered.
She had no other option but to rely fully on God’s protection as she sought asylm with Christians in Florida.
Rifqa’s chilling story of abuses, finding Jesus and giving up all to follow him was heartbreaking, eye opening and inspiring.
As a woman only a year younger than myself, Rifqa has strength and faith that just oozes off of the pages as you read Hiding in the Light. Her love of Jesus and God truly shines through.
This book was one I couldn’t put down. I read at least half of the book in one sitting just eager to know how her story resolved. The book itself is an amazingly well written testimony of Rifqa’s sacrifice to follow Jesus, and all Christians should take note.
I am sad that she had to go through the things she did in order to be free in worshiping Jesus Christ, but I know her story will touch and encourage many women who are currently living in that same situation.
This book only confirms my understanding and stress over how serious the decision of becoming a Christian really is, it has life or death consequences to some, and that is something to truly take to heart.
**I received a copy of this book from Family Christian in exchange for this review, however, the opinions of this book are my own.**