On July 29, an American citizen and Ahmadiyya Muslim named Tahir Ahmad Naseem was shot and killed in a Pakistani courtroom. His murderer, Khalid Khan, has been treated like a hero for his actions by many in Pakistan.
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemned the murder in a statement that can be read here.
Bruce Allen of FMI says many Pakistanis in the city of Peshawar, where the murder took place, gathered on the streets to celebrate the violence. “And Muslims, not just in Pakistan but around the world, have started changing their existing social media names after Khalid Khan. Sometimes people are even giving him the title of Ghazi. And Ghazi is simply a title of reverence or honor given to a Muslim soldier who has fought against non-Muslims and returns home victorious.”
Though Khan was arrested in the courtroom, he has already been offered free legal services to honor his actions.
Naseem was lured into the country from the United States in 2018, where he was arrested on Pakistan’s infamous blasphemy charge.
So why is the shooting of this unarmed man being treated as some great act of heroism? Allen says, “Tahir comes from the minority Ahmadiyya community which claims to follow Islam. But the Sunni Muslims in Pakistan branded that sect as heretical.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray that many in Pakistan would be drawn to the Gospel, even as the country celebrates a murder.
- Ask God to transform Pakistan through the power of the risen Christ.
- Pray that FMI partners would have wisdom as they distribute scripture ans testify to Jesus.