Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
"They were harvesting fruit when a row broke out about a bucket of water. The women said that because she had used a cup, they could no longer touch it, as her faith had made it unclean." (1) In the middle east, this message is going viral, in the country of Pakistan a woman of the name Asia Noreen has been persecuted and convicted of blasphemy for her Christian faith in a country that is 98% Muslim. This argument is called the ‘Asia Bibi’. Islamist parties are protesting over her act of blasphemy and offensive toward the Prophet Muhammad. “In June 2009, whilst working on a field picking berries she went to get a drink that would dramatically change her life. Whilst getting water from the well, some Muslim women tried to chase her away, claiming that she would make the water ‘unclean’ if she used it.” (2.) in other words, because Asia Noreen was a Christian her Muslim friends were considered ‘unclean’. After this offensive happened Asia Noreen was later beaten at home and later was arrested.
Asia says, “Every time my cell door opens my heart beats faster. My life is in God’s hands and I don’t know what’s going to happen to me… I’m starting to wonder whether being a Christian in Pakistan today is not just a failing or a mark against you, but actually a crime.” (2.)
As of now, Asia Noreen (Asia Bibi) is barred from leaving Pakistan, until further notice. The protesters will have to make a case and appeal to the Supreme Court for the decision to release her, Asia Bibi case has been in the verdict for a decade it is about time for justice to be served. Islamic groups are rallying over the sentencing of death over Asia, over the offense she has caused. What comes to my mind is one of the last sentences Jesus said while dying on the cross: Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. This woman is being persecuted for her faith true persecution because she believes in a different faith rather than the Muslim faith. My heart is so troubled for her life. Asia says, “Every time my cell door opens my heart beats faster. My life is in God’s hands and I don’t know what’s going to happen to me… I’m starting to wonder whether being a Christian in Pakistan today is not just a failing or a mark against you, but actually a crime.” (2) This crime is a hate crime, where people would rather kill one another over beliefs all to prove what? I am beyond honored to see Asia stand for her faith, and I believe God (the Father) hears every prayer and captures every tear over this offense.
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