Iranian Christian Receives 80 Lashes for Drinking Communion Wine team | 17 November 2020

An Iranian Christian imprisoned for his involvement in a house church has received 80 lashes for drinking communion wine, reports Premier.

Zaman Fadaei, known as Saheb, was handed the punishment on 15th November, according to Middle East Concern, a few weeks after another Christian man got the same punishment.

Christian religious freedom charity Open Doors say Christianity is seen as a Western threat in Iran and house churches are monitored frequently.

In June 2017, three men – Saheb, Mohammad Reza Omidi (or Youhan) and pastor Yousef Nadarkhani – were handed ten-year prison sentences for “acting against the national security through propagating house churches and promoting Zionist Christianity”.

They started serving the sentences in 2018, which were then reduced earlier this year – Saheb and Yousef’s terms were reduced to six years’ each, while the other man imprisoned at the same time was re-sentenced to two years.

“Iranian Christian convert Mohammad Reza Omidi (Youhan) received 80 lashes” on October 14 “for drinking wine as part of communion,” International Christian Concern (ICC) reported at the time.

It is a crime for a Muslim to convert to another religion according to Islamic law. The Islamic Republic of Iran strictly upholds this apostasy law, enforcing criminal punishment on people who abandon the Muslim faith.

Since you are here…

…we do have a small request. More and more people visit Orthodoxy and the World website. However, resources for editorial are scarce. In comparison to some mass media, we do not make paid subscription. It is our deepest belief that preaching Christ for money is wrong.

Having said that, Pravmir provides daily articles from an autonomous news service, weekly wall newspaper for churches, lectorium, photos, videos, hosting and servers. Editors and translators work together towards one goal: to make our four websites possible -,, and Therefore our request for help is understandable.

For example, 5 euros a month is it a lot or little? A cup of coffee? It is not that much for a family budget, but it is a significant amount for Pravmir.

If everyone reading Pravmir could donate 5 euros a month, they would contribute greatly to our ability to spread the word of Christ, Orthodoxy, life's purpose, family and society.