Pakistan Academy Dismisses Christian Teacher, Students Over Bible Row

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By Jawad Mazhar, Worthy News Special Correspondent reporting from Pakistan with reporting by Worthy News' Stefan J. Bos

SARGODHA, PAKISTAN (Worthy News) -- A Christian teacher says he has been dismissed and two students suspended from an academy in Pakistan's Punjab province over allegations they "humiliated Islam" and "blessed the Jewish descendants" of Abraham, the Biblical arch-father of the people of Israel.

Javed Raza, who is also an evangelist, told Worthy News that he was sacked from the Bright Future Academy in the city of Sargodha this month because the institute's Muslim principle and "radical Muslim students" objected to his interpretation of the Bible. Officials of the academy were not available for comment Friday, March 13.

Raza said tensions began March 2, following a lecture, when he answered questions about Abraham and his sons Ishmael and Isaac. "I explained that Isaac was the son promised by God" although Abraham's wife was already very old, Raza recalled, apparently raising eyebrows among students.

The teacher said some Muslim students were also upset that he spoke of God's other promises to Abraham and his Israeli descendants, as mentioned in several Bible verses.

They include Genesis 12:3: "I will bless those who bless you and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" and Genesis 22:17-18: "Abraham's descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies and through his offspring all nations on earth will be blessed."

RADICAL MUSLIMS

Some of "the radical Muslim students made it an issue and started chanting slogans against me and against two Christian students, Abid Bhatti and Zahid Kamal, who agreed with me," Raza explained.

He said the angry students walked out of the class room, shouting "anti-Christianity slogans" and soon "crammed into the office of Principal Muhammad Zulfiqar to demand stringent action against me and the Christian students."

Raza claimed Zulfiqar fired him from the academy "without a thorough investigation" and suspended the students. "None of us meant to humiliate Islam, I was just trying to share information to all my young students," he said.

Javed Raza, now an unemployed Christian man after two years of working at the academy, stressed that "superficial thinking and narrow mindedness of my Muslim students and the principal has deprived me of my teaching job."

SUSPENDED STUDENTS

He said he is also concerned about the plight of the two suspended students. Raza accused the academy’s leadership of inflicting "an irrecoverable lose to the future of both Christian students by ruining their educational career."

Raza made clear he would continue to preach the Gospel as an evangelist for the Pakistan Campus Crusade for Christ group and show the film 'Jesus', on the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, in Sargodha and surrounding areas.

The teacher and students are among the latest Christians reportedly forced to leave educational institutions and student hostels in Pakistan, Worthy News and its partner news agency BosNewsLife established, following similar incidents in Punjab province and other regions in recent weeks.

Pakistan's government is under pressure from advocacy groups to tackle Islamic extremism and improve protection for minority Christians and other religious groups.

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4 thoughts on “Pakistan Academy Dismisses Christian Teacher, Students Over Bible Row

  1. Praying!

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    "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;" Matthew 5:44

    "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" John 11:25

    "Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God." Isaiah 44:6

  2. So my ? is when we gonna stop being doormats for these people. You don'k like who I worship..........go worship someone I don't.!!!!!!!! ALWAYS people have to get started something. Time to wake up world..............the King is on His way.

  3. I commend the teacher and students for standing up for the truth!!
    What great witnesses amounst persecution.As the bible says,we will be persecuted and it is a blessing and privilage.
    I encourage others not to fear man but only a godly fear.Myself included!

  4. What ever you said brother is well, they have the ears to hear and a mind to recall and re-think about Abraham's true decendent, promised son or a blessed Israel. The scripture of our Lord says, those who lost wolrd for me will found the true wealth. You are blessed and God has started His mission in you, I say Don't give up. How long these people will deny the truth?Why they react? is because it leaves them with a big qustion mark, "if this is the truth, are we among the cursed ones? or so far we were living in darkness?" so to hide their anxiety, they have to show some kind of reaction in their hollow defense.I bring forth all such people unto the foot stool of the Living God to have mercy on their mental/social condition and remove the blind fold frm their eyes, In the precious name of Lord Jesus of Nazareth, I ask this, Amen.

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