Christian Imprisoned for 5 years for Blasphemy in Pakistan Granted Release

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by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - A Christian accused of blasphemy in Pakistan, who spent 5 years in prison for allegedly insulting the prophet Lut, was released and acquitted of charges June 6th.

The original charge developed out of a conversation Nazir Masih, a cleaner in a school for blind children, had had with Shahid Mehmood, a barber next door to the school with whom Masih would sometimes have friendly chats.

After recounting the biblical story of Lot to his friend one day, Mehmoud decried Masih as a blasphemer of the prophet Lut (the Islamic version of Lot found in the Quran), leading to Masih’s indictment.

Sections 298 and 295 of Pakistan’s legal code, otherwise known as the “blasphemy laws,” include highly sensitive prohibitions against any perceived misuse of religious objects, epithets, or inflammatory remarks against religious personages perceived as wounding the religious sentiments of Muslims in any way.

The case of Asia Bibi, who spent nearly 10 years in solitary confinement on a similar charge and was only released and granted asylum in Canada in January, made famous the series of laws, which are often used by Muslims in Pakistan to settle personal grudges against Christians.

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2 thoughts on “Christian Imprisoned for 5 years for Blasphemy in Pakistan Granted Release”

  1. There is a tremendous responsibility on those who "follow" any Christian, leader, or not.

    This is a perfect example in which to show, and explain it.

    When we pray with someone else, when we agree in prayer, that means that then (or now), as Jesus said, in Matthew 18:19 "Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven."

    Jesus was speaking to his own, when he stated that. When we, who follow Jesus, (Y'shua) and his teachings, know that as well as James 5:16 (among many others) "...The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working." Then, like those who knew to follow David, in his exile, before he even became King, we have great power. With great power comes great responsibility.

    No one leads anyone anywhere without followers. Yet, followers have the great responsibility in whom and what they follow. Do we follow after Miriam (Mary) the mother of Y'shua? Do we pray to her, and call ourselves Christians? No. The same is true about praying to any Saint/saint. Our Intercessor is Y'shua, HaMashiach (Jesus, the Christ).

    So, in praying for our persecuted brethren, at home, or outside our own lands, we have to be responsible about it. The burden is on us. We will give an account as to how we use such great power. We do not get to just blame it on the leader if its a bogus prayer request. It's on us (also). This is probably the biggest problem with people in prayer (or worship) meetings babbling away in tongues, out loud, while someone up in front is praying in their common language, supposedly.

    How can we possibly know what we followers are agreeing with in the midst of such noise? Sure, sing in tongues, but don't then try to lead a pray also. Lead the prayer after, while we who know the power of our prayers, can agree with this sentence, or not agree (within ourselves) with that one. There's no need to shame the one who leads if there's a goofy sentence in his/her prayer.

    And this is why this report needs to give us enough (verified, or verifiable) information so that we may pray responsibly. Some of us are aware we will be held accountable for what we ask God for. Be the prayer for ourselves, or for others.

    And where's the message telling this Commentor why the previous Comment was pulled almost immediately? Surely, the WN Correspondent doesn't have such power?

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