Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus  -     By: Rifqa Bary
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In 2009, a sixteen-year-old girl made national news when she ran away from her Ohio home, claiming that her father, an observant Muslim, had abused and threatened to kill her because of her Christian faith.

Today, that girl is a young woman who is ready to tell her story, despite threats and ongoing concerns for her safety. In Hiding in the Light, Rifqa Bary recounts in riveting detail the events leading up to her decision to leave home and how faith in Jesus grew in her heart, even as she kept it secret from her family.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1601426968
ISBN-13: 9781601426963

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"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 everything for? Yes."
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 more than she could have dreamed.
Hiding in the Light is the story of Rifqa’s remarkable spiritual journey from Islam to Christianity. It is also the untold story of how she ran from her father’s threats to find refuge with strangers in Florida, only to face a controversial court case that reached national headlines. Most of all, it is the story of a young girl who made life-changing sacrifices to follow Jesus—and who inspires us to do the same.

Author Bio

Fatima Rifqa Bary, a native of Sri Lanka, moved with her family to the United States at the age of eight. She secretly converted from Islam to Christianity at age twelve. When her family discovered her secret four years later, she ran away from home—and her story made national headlines. Still living in an undisclosed location, Rifqa’s passions are prayer, missions, and people. She also cherishes long talks with loved ones over coffee and eating lots of chicken curry.

Editorial Reviews

"Rifqa Bary’s story is a powerful testimony to standing for the truth in the face of many difficulties and tall odds. In the words of this young woman who has already been through so much, we are painted a picture of stark cultural contrast—that of slavery and liberty, duty and love, and bondage and freedom. As much as anything, this is a story about the first freedom upon which America was built—the freedom to believe and live one’s life according to those beliefs. Rifqa’s inspiring story reminds us why we must continue to stand for faith and freedom!"
—Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council

"Rifqa Bary’s story unveils God as the Father to the fatherless whose pursuit of His children is fiercely beautiful. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. She invites readers to walk beside her on her fascinating road and to see the God she saw when she said her very brave yes to Jesus."
—Sara Hagerty, author of Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet

"An extraordinary glimpse into the faith of a Christ-follower and the sovereignty of God. Rifqa’s story informs, inspires, and empowers."
—Max Lucado, pastor and author

"This is truly an inspirational story of a young Muslim girl’s journey into the arms of Jesus and the discovery that Jesus is everything that she had been looking for. Her heartbreaking journey is hard to fathom, and yet her suffering was the one thing that led her to Jesus. This story will give you not only insight into what it means for a Muslim to convert to Christianity and the heavy price associated with that, but also the importance of Christians breaking through the stereotypes and reaching out to Muslims in love."
—Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini

"Not only does Rifqa Bary’s story bring to light key tenets of Islam we so need to understand, it will show you the courage true faith provides. This is a book you will finish in a hurry, as you’ll want to know what happens next! Thank you, dear Rifqa, for counting all as loss for the sake of our Savior."
—Kay Arthur, cofounder of Precept Ministries International and author of When the Hurt Runs Deep

"Enrapturing heart and spirit, Rifqa masterfully shares insights into immigrant Muslim life, tearing the veil of mystery with the power of the gospel. Although chronicling her own account, her words echo the cries of young Muslim women worldwide, and manifest on each page is the signature of our sovereign God. Rifqa’s story is authored by Jesus—come read what He’s written."
—Dr. Nabeel Qureshi, best-selling author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus and speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

"I hope you can feel the gentleness of Rifqa’s heart as I did when I read her story—I love it! In my own experience as a child, I had hidden in a cocoon of despair and lived with the brutality of loneliness—I understand how she felt. When you give your heart to Jesus Christ, you have to be brave. I was so touched by the sadness and the joy of someone who never denied Jesus."
—Nicky Cruz, evangelist and author of Run, Baby, Run

"Rifqa is my hero, and this book details her amazing story never before told in its entirety. Even though it was all over the national news, if you thought you knew what really happened—think again. I stayed up all night reading this book. Hiding in the Light is a testament to what happens when one ordinary person is touched by the one extraordinary Savior of the World."
—John Stemberger, president and general counsel, Florida Family Policy Council

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Rifqa Bray shares story of leaving Islam for Christ
    August 29, 2016
    Richard Penn
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    In 2009, a brave young girls courageous conversion from Islam to Christianity ignited a national media, legal and religious firestorm. Rifqa Bary tells her story in Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus.

    Then 16, Rifqa was in search of a Savior after a childhood filled with misery. By her account, her mom abused herrunning off her pet kitten, pulling her hair and beating and throwing her down on a concrete floor; her older brother beat her and accidentally put an eye out; her uncle raped her.

    Her Muslim honor-shame culture sees a much bigger stain on an innocent rape victim than on her rapist. This shame motivated her family to emigrate from Sri Lanka to New York City in 2000.

    Rifqas worst problem was her cruel father. Nothingno amount of devotion to Islamcould please him. At best he cared nothing. At worst, he would beat her for infractions, like acting silly.

    Several Christian friends impressed Rifqa. A neighbor familys prayer after 9/11 intrigued her. While Christians spontaneously, respectfully told a caring God their personal concerns, she wrote, We only prayed in Arabic. I never understood what I was actually saying. And we certainly didnt pray about whatever we wanted to tell God or ask Him . Prayer was an obligatory response to a dictating God. And to Bary, impersonal, scripted Muslim prayers had required time slots.

    When her family moved to Ohio, middle school cliques closed her out, adding to her depression and anxiety. Her parents limited even casual interactions with boys only to preapproved Muslims. She wrote, In their eyes, I had no need to talk to a boy, let alone ever date one . I would never be free to choose the man I wanted to marry . I would marry whatever man he (dad) arbitrarily chose. Otherwise, her family would disown her.

    Discouraged, degraded and suicidal, Rifqa hated her life and cut herself with razors. She sought escape and prayed, God! If Youre there, if Youre realplease!stop hiding from me! I dont care if Youre Allah, Buddha, Jesus just show me! Because if You are the truth, I will give my life to You. I will follow Youwhatever the cost.

    Soon a female classmate of Korean descent befriended her, shared a profound witness and persuaded her to secretly visit her church. Already primed, Rifqa quickly surrendered to Jesus and soon was baptized in a stream.

    Upon hearing the news, her ballistic dad threatened to murder her in the name of honor to protect his familys reputation in the Muslim community.

    While Rifqas Christian friends could not fathom her imminent murder, she made her getaway. Local Christians gave refuge, but for more separation, she fled by bus, without money for food, to stay with Christian acquaintances in Florida. Being younger than 18 complicated her troubles. The authorities could take her home as a runaway and prosecute her helpers as criminal accomplices.

    Her parents convinced law enforcement officials to snare their daughter in a dragnet and jail her. Following her capture, she endured poor treatment in many foster homes, a press feeding frenzy and media distortions of her plight. She became a political football in a Florida Senatorial campaign, and was extradited to Ohio, increasing her terror of being forced home to die.

    Volunteer attorneys fought on her behalf, and during the process she turned 18, helping her avoid an involuntary return home.

    During this tumultuous time, a serious pain sent her agonizing into an emergency room. As if life wasnt complicated enough, Rifqa was diagnosed with cancer, which today is in remission.

    Now at an undisclosed college, Rifqa proved and testified, Jesus is freedom and forgiveness, hope and love, peace and purpose, plain and simple.

    Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:35-37).
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    May 24, 2016
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    This is a great book that I recommend for everyone to read
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 7, 2016
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    This biography opens with these gripping words The mosque discovered my secret. And now my parents knew it too. .. What I was running away from was certain. But what I was running towardGod only knew

    A Muslim teenager from Sri Lanka living in Ohio saw the way her family acted in public and the rage, the screaming, the abuse at home. Rifqa is befriended by a girl, Angela at school that asks her to come to church with her. Angelas faith is compelling, she personified freedom and grace. Things Rifqa did not know. Continuing to meet with Angela placed her in a difficult position, committing the worst possible crime a Muslim could commit.

    Rifqa describes her first worship service where she committed her life to Jesus. Risking everything, even her life. She is able to keep her secret for four years growing daily in dependence on God.

    Her tightrope walk ends one morning after her parents knew and before her father could get home from a business trip. She ran, for her life. The next couple of years until she turns 18 are an incredible journey. One that will have you turning the pages.
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    Hiding in the Light
    September 10, 2015
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    It was so insightful. As a middle class Christian, being surrounded by other middle class Christians I was totally ignorant of the cost others pay to follow the Lord Jesus Christ. It reveals the truth of leaving father, mother, sister, brother and everything you knew behind to take the hand Jesus extends.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing Faith Forsaking Islam for Jesus
    July 6, 2015
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Choosing to review Hiding in the Light was easy because Christian books are hard to come by and this title was so intriguing. As children of the King, Christians are to shine their light in this dark corrupt world. What a pity Rifqy spent countless months hiding from authorities and family who wished her harm. The title Hiding in the Light shows her dependence on the only source of her peace, a Savior who is the Light. What struck me with Rifqy Barys remarkable and detailed testimony was her complete faithfulness to a God she was just learning trust. Her innocence was so pure that often I feared for her personal safety. To trust someone she met on FB and travel from Ohio to Florida was indeed blind faith and ordained by God. Struggling to understand the tenets of Islam, I wanted to learn to be a better Christian witness. What disturbed me more than the fear instilled by her father and the elders of their mosque was the gross injustice she faced through the American legal system and the disturbing treatment she suffered through the foster care system. As I watch a fictional account on television of girls being abused by foster parents, Rifqys story is far more horrifying. With human trafficking in the news focus the last few years, it was a terrible unfairness to put the child in prison instead of those threatening her life. To read the political maneuvers between those trying to use her legal issues to gain popularity in the press, made me doubt we truly live in the land of the free. As we celebrate the 4th of July, I am stunned at the lack of independence afforded the true character is this book. To accuse the rescuing pastor of kidnapping and threaten a loving couple who gave Rifgy shelter and treated her as their own daughter, demonstrates the loopholes and misuse of our legal system. One thing that gave me hope for young foster children was the major role played by the guardian ad litem program or GAL. As I write this review for the eBook given to me by Waterbrook Press, I am going through training to work with the GAL system in my home county. Several friends of mine have volunteered for several years with GAL to make a difference in the lives of young children. My daughter and her family are attending classes for becoming foster parent because of the great need of children and the inadequate number of homes to place those at risk. I applaud Miss Bary in her book where she shares her fight for freedom. Praises be to Jesus the Father to the fatherless and our formidable strength in our time of weakness. Judgment will be upon America if she does not care for those weak and neglected children of God she has pledged to protect. Give me your tired your poor your huddled masses yearning to be free.
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