Converts from Islam

I was wondering about saints to whom I could go for intercessory prayer in relation to Muslims converting to Christianity. So I did a search at the Patron Saint site (very helpful site, you know).

These are the saints I came up with.

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Born to Muslim parents. She and her mother converted to Christianity – Flora was raised Christian, her brother Muslim. She was often abused at home for her faith. She took a private vow of chastity, and ministered to Christian prisoners. When her parents announced an arranged marriage to an Islamic man, Flora and her Christian friend Mary ran away, briefly hiding with the home of Flora’s sister. The sister, however, feared being accused of harboring Christians, and threw the two out. Her brother publicly betrayed her to the Islamic authorities. She was imprisoned and scourged for her faith, escaped, was recaptured, and martyred.

Died

tortured and beheaded by Moors in 851 or 856 (sources vary on the year)

Canonized

Patronage

Also known as
Grace; Zaida

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Daughter of Almanzor, Muslim caliph of Lerida, Catalonia. Sister of Saint Bernard and Saint Mary. Convert, brought to the faith by her brother Bernard. The three tried to convert their brother Almanzor, who turned them over to Moorish authorities. Martyr.

Born

at Lerida, Catalonia as Zaida
Died

Canonized

Patronage

Also known as
Grace; Zaida
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Daughter of Almanzor, Muslim caliph of Lerida, Catalonia. Sister of Saint Bernard and Saint Grace. Convert, brought to the faith by her brother Bernard. The three tried to convert their brother Almanzor, who turned them over to Moorish authorities. Martyr.
Born
at Lerida, Catalonia as Zoraida
Died
Patronage
Also known as
Achmed
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Son of Almanzor, Muslim caliph of Lerida, Catalonia. Brother of Saint Mary and Saint Grace. Convert. Benedictine Cistercian monk at Poblet, taking the name Bernard. With his sisters, he tried to convert his brother Almanzor, who turned them over to Moorish authorities. Martyr.
Born
at Lerida, Catalonia as Achmed
Died
Patronage
Also known as
Abo of Tblisi; Abo of Tibileli
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Grew up Muslim. Perfumer to Nerses, the prince of Kartli, a region of eastern Georgia. As a young adult he became convinced of the truth of Christianity, but was afraid to convert openly as Georgia was under Muslim rule. For political reasons, his prince had to seek shelter in Khazaria north of the Caspian Sea, an area free of Muslim control; Abo and 300 other members of the court accompanied him, and Abo was baptized there. The prince and his party returned to Tblisi in 782, and for a few years Abo lived quietly as a “closet” Christian. However, in 786 he was exposed as a Christian, and tried for being a renegade from Islam. He confessed his faith at trial, was imprisoned, and martyred.
Born
8th century at Baghdad, Iraq
Died
beheaded 6 January 786 at Tblisi, Georgia; his body was burned on the edge of cliff, and his bones thrown off a bridge into the Kura River; his biographer, a contemporary named John Sabanisidze, swears a pillar of light was seen rising from the water the next day
Canonized
Additional Information
Life of Abo [russian]
I think I’ll be talking to some new-found family members soon. 🙂

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