- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook; Reprint edition (May 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601426984
- ISBN-13: 978-1601426987
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 833 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus Paperback – May 3, 2016
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—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.”
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“An extraordinary glimpse into the faith of a Christ-follower and the sovereignty of God. Rifqa’s story informs, inspires, and empowers.”
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“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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About the Author
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.
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Rifqa is the real deal. My heart broke for her as she fought for faith and conscience at an age when many girls are tossed and torn by identity issues and consumerism. She had to fight these battles under the intensely critical scrutiny of international media spotlight. As you go deeper into her story, you see the true depths of her struggles. The curveballs keep coming, to the very last page.
Read this book! Get a glimpse into Islam, immigrant life, the plight of many Muslim women, the dark side of Honor and Shame cultures, an incident of real injustice in the justice system, and the cost a young Muslim woman had to pay to receive Jesus here in America. Ultimately and most beautifully, throughout Rifqa's story, it wasn't she who was at the center, but Jesus and His Gospel. I can't recommend it more highly.
As a Christian myself, I immediately found my faith so easily practiced compared to what many in the world have to endure in proclaiming Jesus. The book challenged me to be bolder in sharing my faith yet gently in words and through practice. It's this that brought Rifqa eager to her new faith and the many people along the way that brought her support both intentionally and unintentionally.
The book reads like an action story but fascinating as it is done in hiding. The ride gets more intense when Rifqa is found out. With this being a true story, I felt shame for so many people in their actions, attitudes and interactions towards Rifqa as judgments were made by others in that they had no clue what was going on. You will be amazed at Rifqa’s response to these folks.
Readers of different faiths, or no faith at all, will find this book fascinating as the journey of conflicts are treated with respect and with transparency. Rifqa’s faith and joy is clear and humanized for all. I hope to see this story on the movie screen one day as the audience will be left with one big “wow”.
I have personally (first hand) seen the effects of what village leaders can have on an otherwise decent, kind man when his son who was not practicing islam decides to become a Christian. the Mosque's leader's threats of "you deal with him or we'll deal with you and him" are not idle words. If the young man in question would have been a female....lets just say the street dog (a stray dog) has more right to life and voice then a female does. sure the Imams may say other words, yet according to the way the islamic faith has/is walked out this is how it is.
Do keep in mind that the islamic holy book tells them that they do not have to obey the laws of the land they live in if it contradicts their teachings when they are strong enough in number to over rule the local customs / laws. Therefore I having seen and been told first hand what musilums in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia do to those who chose another religion... I have ZERO doubts that Rifqa was in certain, immanent danger of being killed in the USA or taken to her home land and killed there had she not fled. (I was living among the people in a small town in Uganda for 9 months)
Last thing, one of my grampas was a lot like Rifqa described her father's character. He was very abusive to his family yet everyone outside of the family thought he was a kind and caring men who'd make you an amazing deal on ______ (whatever he was selling that day/week). Grampa could go from RAGING to calm sweet smile in 10 seconds flat or go from smiles to RAGING in 5 seconds. Thankfully my gramma found a Bible and prayed in some Bible teachers, all of the aunts and uncles are very descent, honest humans.
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