“You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.” – Hebrews 10:34
Aasiya Noreen, more commonly known as Asia Bibi, has received a stay of execution from the Pakistan Supreme Court. Accused in 2009 of making disrespectful remarks against the prophet Mohammed, she was handed a death sentence by a local court in 2010. The case has now reached the highest court of appeal in Pakistan.
The original claim of blasphemy surfaced after an argument occurred between Aasiya and two Muslim women she was working with. When Aasiya offered both the women water, they told her it wasHaram, or religiously forbidden, as she was a Christian. When told by her colleagues to convert, she refused and stated she was a Christian. It was from this that a claim was made against her stating that she had insulted Mohammed.
The blasphemy law in Pakistan carries a death sentence and was the first law of its kind anywhere in the world. The law itself is often misused as a means to settle arguments and has been abused by many to deal with undesirable minorities, like Christians.
While it is an answer to prayer that Aasiya Bibi has received this stay of execution, it is not a ruling on the case itself. A date is still yet to be set on her next hearing at which time her case will be reviewed. We must continue now to pray for Aasiya and her family as the ordeal continues.
Pray with us:
- Pray for Aasiya as she remains in prison, whilst she is there her health and wellbeing are in jeopardy.
- Pray for Aasiya’s family, her husband and daughters have received death threats and are suffering without her.
- Pray that decision makers would come to know Christ as Saviour and Lord.