Pastor Rachid Seighir was convicted of shaking the faith of Muslims in Algeria. (photo credit: Morning Star News)
Pastor Rachid Seighir was convicted of shaking the faith of Muslims in Algeria. (photo credit: Morning Star News)
Mar. 25, 2021 | Algeria

Two Christians Sentenced to Prison for "Shaking Faith"

[207] prayers in [16] nations have been posted for Rachid Seighir and Nouh Hamimi.

A pastor and another Christian have been sentenced in absentia to two years in prison and a $3,745 USD fine for “shaking the faith of Muslims” through their Christian bookstore in Oran, Algeria. Pastor Rachid Seighir was the manager of the bookshop, while Nouh Hamimi worked as a salesperson. The bookstore has been closed since 2017 through an order from the governor of the state. In the ensuing legal battle for the bookstore, high courts have ordered that it be opened again, but the governor has refused to comply. The judgement against Pastor Seighir and Hamimi handed down by the court said they were condemned for “distributing publications or any other propaganda undermining the faith of a Muslim.” Pray that justice will overcome and that the store will reopen.

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  • Lord I ask that you move on hearts of the authority to allow this store to continue its operation. In Jesus amen.
    David H - USA
  • Thank You, Jesus, for our brothers and their witness through this bookstore. Hear the threats of the enemy and bring about justice for them, not just on their account, but for all of those who still need to hear the words of truth. Encourage them that their family around the world stands with them and is believing for Your truth to prevail in Algeria!
    Gina A - USA
  • Father God, as a sign of your power, open again this beacon of light and protect it from harm, in Jesus name
    mark h - USA
  • Father, may the store be reopened and serve to strengthen the faith of believers, and bring many to salvation through Christ Jesus. Change the hearts of unbelievers. In the name of Christ Jesus, AMEN!
    Linda R - USA
  • Lord, God, let the followers of Islam in Algeria continue to have their false faith shaken. Give boldness to the Christians to oppose the those who deny them the right to share their faith. Let the bookstore be reopened and fruitful soon. Open the whole country to the gospel, and let Christians outnumber Islamists, in Jesus' Name. Be glorified!
    NANCY T - USA
  • Lord. thwart the plans of the enemy! May you provide a way for them to be freed soon and their bookstore opened again. The enemy prowls about, but you are stronger. Encourage them to hold on to you and know that you are steadfastly with them. Strengthen their families to endure and carry them in their hard days.
    Corinna H - USA
  • Father, please allow this bookstore to reopen, and bring many to a faith in Jesus Christ, including the governor. Do a great work for Your glory in this situation. Help Pastor Seighir and his worker to be so emboldened in their faith that they share Jesus with everyone with whom they come in contact. Please bring a great awakening to Algeria!
    Tricia G - USA
  • In Jesus Name we pray for our brothers & sisters around the world that are being persecuted for their faith in Jesus our Lord and as You Lord remember we are made of the dust and can do no thing without you John 15:5 strengthen each one with the power of Your Holy Spirit to overcome and continue in the faith & may no weapon formed against them prosper
    barry p - USA
  • Father, I pray that the store will be reopened & that the Muslim stronghold will be shaken even more by the power of your Holy Spirit bringing revival to Algeria. Open more doors for believers to share their faith and for Your Word to go forth bringing hope & Salvation to this troubled country. Open the eyes of those who are in darkness to your love
    Tracey B - USA
  • Heavenly Father, thank you for these precious believers. Please give them a steadfast faith and help not to weary from doing good. May they be a wise as a servant and innocent as a dove. May they defeat the enemy with the truth. May you be glorified! Hallelujah!
    In Jesus,
    Amen
    Lis S - USA
  • Father, please work your will in this situation. Give courage and strength to brother Rachid and Nouh. May they trust You fully. Through this bookstore, your people, your Spirit, dreams, visions, and any other means, please draw Muslims to Jesus for a loving, saving relationship. Thank you for how you are working in my brothers and their circumstance.
    Vicki Y - USA
  • Yes, Lord, may Your Word and You prevail. Please bless these two and help them to shake the faith of the Muslims even more. Please protect, encourage and provide for these two. Please help the governor to change his mind, and even come to faith himself. May the closing of the store cause many more to come to faith!!
    Anne W - USA
  • In name of King Jesus, our heavenly Father, Eternal King, as brothers and sisters in Christ we glorify You for faithfulness of Rachid and Nouh and other Algerian believers. We ask for Word of God to continue to spread, a hedge of protection be upon them and angels directly from heaven to minister to them. So Be It. Amen.
    Gary F - USA
  • Father, through our brothers in Christ, Rachid and Nouh, remove those things in Algeria that are being shaken so that the things which cannot be shaken will remain. Empower Rachid and Nouh through grace, by which they can serve You acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For You are consuming fire and Your will far surpasses the governor's decision.
    Patrick V - USA
  • Lord I ask for justice and freedom for the store owner. I pray they would get to experience the reopening of the store and the protection of Your Word. I pray for govt officials and those high up to have an encounter with You that shakes their convictions and leads them to see You as the One true God.
    Joy H - USA
  • Father, thank You for the hearts of these men to persevere in providing Christian books and literature for customers. May they prosper in everything that they set their hand to do! I pray they have favor with the government and others in authority that they are allowed to continue supplying Your Word to those who are open to Your truth! In Jesus' nam
    Carolyn L - USA
  • Father, I lift up these men. I pray that You would continue to strengthen and encourage them and keep them safe. I pray that they would be allowed to reopen their bookstore without hindrance. I ask freedom for them to share Jesus and Your wisdom as they speak. Draw to them those with open hearts. Let them not grow weary, I pray. In Jesus's name, amen
    Beth G - USA
  • Father bring justice for Rachid and Nouh Algeria. Let the store reopen and lead many to you.
    michele r - USA
  • In the glorious name of King Jesus, our heavenly Father, Jehovah Nissi, our Banner, we praise You for faithfulness of this Rachid and Nouh. We praise You that they can sing Your praises. We ask for banner of protection be on them and angels from heaven to sing with and to minister to them. So Be It. Amen
    Gary F - USA
  • Lord,
    Move mightily for Rachid Seighir & Nouh Hamimi, our brothers. They have boldly served and witnessed for You. We ask that Your justice, the true justice, would prevail! Keep them strong & encouraged even in the trials. Bless them, filling them with Your grace, love & peace. May the bookstore be reopened & thru it may many come to know You as Lord!
    Madison F - USA
  • Father, move in this situation. Of course, we would want the store to reopen and the truth be available to all who are seeking you. Make a way, Father, if it be your will. Be with the pastor and believer who were arrested. Watch over them and may they feel your presence near them. Use them for your glory and may the gospel be shared and souls saved.
    polly c - USA
  • Lord God, in the mighty name of Jesus, open that book store in Algeria and vindicate Pastor Seighir and Nouh Hamimi in their case before the Algerian government. Fill them with courage and boldness not to cave in to the demands of the local governor and fill them with forgiveness for their persecutors and grant them favor with local authorities.
    Matt B - USA
  • For these your servants we thank you Lord, as we pray for divine intervention, you are the righteous and just God, grant your servants favor, break protocols for their sake and let the bookstore be reopen, Restore all they have lost and let your name be praised as you win more souls to you through their testimonys of you in Jesus name
    funke a - Nigeria
  • Thank You for these men and their ministry to equip believers. May they have endurance and hope as this court battle continues, and may they move forward in wisdom and love. I pray that the judge would rule justly and that the bookstore would be able to reopen. May many come to know You and grow through these resources.
    Danielle H - USA
  • Dear Lord, we lift up Pastor Rachid & Nouh, & the church in Algeria. We pray for justice & that the bookshop will reopen. We pray against this judgement for 'shaking the faith of Muslims'. We pray that you Lord will shake the faith of Algerian Muslims. Please bless this nation with your peace and many won to you. Amen
    Susan G - Australia
  • Father God I pray for Devine intervention in this scenario, people are made with choice and should be free to read what they choose, they were not force to buy those books, they purchase at free will. I commit these accuse to your mercy and pray that justice have it's be done in the name of Jesus name of power and authority, I pray for their protectio
    Joyce D - United Kingdom
  • Our Lord, we ask for Rachid & Nouh to be protected and their debt paid. I ask that you would open the eyes of this governor and those who reject Jesus. May they see Him for who He is, and rejoice in forgiveness in Jesus. May Your Name be glorified in Algeria. Bring workers for the harvest of souls. Forgive all our sins. In Jesus Name, AMEN
    SM D - USA
  • Father, I lift up my dear brotherssisters in algeria & may they be encouraged & filled with hope IJN. May the details of their lives be according to Your purposes, and may multitudes turn to You wherever You lead them. We also remember the persecutors, that they hear Your whisperr upon their hearts. May they turn from the k of darkness. IJN.
    Lisa T - USA
  • Lord please grant my siblings what they deserve EVEN the courts there would most would imagine to be foolish and probably still is in certain ways HAS IN FACT GIVEN AUTHORITY already yet it's the ignorance of one mere political figure now holding back rights which have already been given. Let them open it in the name of Jesus.
    Angela L - USA
  • Dear LORD we bow before YOUR HOLY THRONE humbly regarding to the two faithful witnesses facing prison time. We ask that any accusations against them be reversed in JESUS NAME AMEN.
    anthony c - USA
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