In the Qur’an, the jinn are spirit beings who are mostly evil, but some are Muslims. They frequently interfere, generally in negative ways, with human affairs. But in a notable example of interfaith dialogue, Pastor Micah Byamukama’s assertion that Jesus Christ had power over these beings cost him his life at the hands of Islamic supremacist Ahmed Mupere. Perhaps the jinn made him do it.
“Baptist Pastor Poisoned to Death in Eastern Uganda,” Morning Star News, May 20, 2016:
NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – A Muslim villager in eastern Uganda is suspected in the poisoning death of a pastor on Sunday (May 15), sources said.
Micah Byamukama, pastor of Kasecha Baptist Church in Kasecha village, Kibuku District, died at Kabweri Health Centre at 9 p.m. after ingesting an insecticide that Ahmed Mupere put into his food that evening, area sources said. He was 61.
Mupere was said to be upset with Pastor Byamukama, a fervent evangelist, after public discussions in which the pastor challenged his belief in Jinn, supernatural creatures in early Arabic mythology and later Islamic theology. The pastor had asserted that “the true God is the God of the Lord Jesus Christ, who conquered the power of Satan including the Islamic Jinn,” an area source said.
“He maintained that the Islamic Jinn are acts of Satan and should be denounced,” he said.
Last week unidentified persons whom neighbors believe Mupere hired attacked the pastor with knives. The pastor was wounded before the neighbors responded to his cries for help and rescued him, they said.
A widower with no children who lived with another member of the church, Pastor Byamukama was alone when he received a visit from Mupere at 7 p.m. on Sunday (May 15), five days after the knife attack. Feigning reconciliation as he dined with the pastor from a shared dish, Mupere secretly put poison on the food and stopped eating as Pastor Byamukama continued, a neighbor said.
Before he died, the neighbor said, the pastor told him, “Ahmed took a little food with me and then stopped. When I asked him why not continue with the food, he said he had eaten at his home, and that he wanted go back home because it was getting late.”
Shortly after Mupere left, the pastor began having stomach pains. He was rushed to Kabweri Health Centre, where the pain continued, accompanied by vomiting and diarrhea, before Pastor Byamukama died, said the neighbor, who was with him at the hospital.
A hospital nurse who requested anonymity said that the pastor died from ingesting organophosphate, a highly toxic insecticide. It inhibits acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme that catalyzes the breakdown of acetylcholine, which functions as a neurotransmitter.
Police are investigating, and Mupere has absconded, an area source said.
Pastor Byamukama was an animist who believed in ancestral spirits before putting his faith in Christ. Formerly named Mukama, upon becoming Christian he changed his name to “Byamukama,” meaning “All for God.”…