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Christians called to light a candle for Aasia Bibi

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Aasia Bibi

Will you pray for Aasia Bibi?

She’s been in jail for more than a year. What is her crime? The Christian mother of five said to a fellow Pakistani co-worker, “Jesus saved me. What has Mohammed ever done for you?”

Speaking against Islam, the Koran, Mohammed or Allah is punishable by death in Pakistan. Two national politicians who took up Aasia’s case have been assassinated — one of them the only Christian in the national cabinet.

To read more about the assassinations CLICK HERE

Her situation is dire. Only a miracle can save her.

And that’s what Christians worldwide are seeking. Worldwide prayer on behalf of this precious Christian sister is asking for a miracle.

Aasia Bibi's husband and two daughters, who are now in hiding

The Pakistan-based Masihi Foundation, which defends Pakistani Christians, has asked for the entire Christian world to pray. Christians in Pakistan have pledged to light a candle and spend a day in prayer and fasting on Aasia’s behalf.

“We will join in lighting a candle for Aasia Bibi during the Holy Week, and I ask all Christians to pray and fast for Aasia Bibi, who even if she is ill, prays and fasts,” said Pakistan’s Catholic Bishop Rufin Anthony. “We need a world without violence, a world that loves life and grows in justice and solidarity. Growing hatred is a serious problem and the government must take concrete steps. ”

Will you ask your friends and loved ones to pray for Aasia Bibi? CLICK HERE to alert them about this urgent need.

“Rising threats and persecution for Christians in Pakistan are a serious problem,” reports Jibran Khan of the Masihi Foundation. “Abduction of girls, forced marriages and conversions are a daily reality. ”

The Masihi Foundation says it has “received a confirmation from Italy that the Italian Church will participate,” said Khan. 

A Pakistani mob

How should you pray? There are reports that Aasia’s health is failing. Another concern is that she could be killed in prison or once the Supreme Court has proceeded to consider her appeal. From 1986 to 2010 there were 43 cases of “extra-judicial” killings of people accused of blasphemy — 19 Christians, 17 Muslims, two Hindus and 5 Ahmadis.

Meanwhile there is another case of a Christian family persecuted by threats and forced into hiding. Sidra George is a teacher in Narowal, Pakistan. On April 11, she argued with Sit Razia, another teacher, the wife of a Muslim cleric.

To read about Pakistan’s unsuccessful attempts at the UN to force the blasphemy laws on you and me, CLICK HERE

Razia praised a young Muslim who days before had desecrated a Bible at the gate of the Catholic Church of St. Anthony to “avenge” the burning of the Koran by Pastor Terry Jones, and was arrested by the police.

Razia, having uttered threats against the Bible, seeing that Sidra George was in the room, began to say that Islam was the only true religion and that all Christians should become Muslims.

When asked if she condemned the burning of the Koran. Sidra said yes. However, Razia persisted, accusing her of only paying lip service, to save herself. Then Sidra was threatened with terrible consequences, if she did not convert.

Sidra told her husband about the incident. Shortly after they began to receive threats on the phone. They went to the police, but received no assurances of safety.

So, Sidra, her husband George and their three children, left Narowal and went into hiding.

“We got threats to convert,” said George, “we turned off our phones and left. Life is becoming difficult for Christians in Pakistan.”

“Incidents like this have become common, especially in Punjab,” said Christian pastor Gill Anwar of Zafarwal. “Not many people are aware that Christians here in Pakistant are persecuted in their everyday lives.

“‘The extremist mentality is spreading unchecked. They are trying to force their ideology upon Christians. Many Christian girls are kidnapped in Punjab, ‘married’ and converted by force. People would be shocked at how many forced marriages take place every year. ”

Will you pray for Pakistan’s Christians on April 20? Will you remember Aasia Bibi in particular? Will you light a candle – and spend the day in fasting on her behalf?

If you’d like to know more about the two Pakistani politicians murdered after seeking Aasia’s release and advocating the repeal of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, CLICK HERE
For more about Pakistani’s attempts to impose those blasphemy laws on the rest of the world,  CLICK HERE
For more about violence against Pakistan’s Christians, CLICK HERE



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posted September 17, 2011 at 3:40 am


Wow, this is sad. These people like Aasia, are very courageous, they are modern day martyrs or people who are under severe persecution. In America we have the blessings of being able to be Christians without being persecuted the most persecution we get is being laughed at and excluded.. But also we are losing our religious freedoms here AKA No prayer in schools, no mentioning of Jesus name as a teacher and so on and so forth and our country’s laws are slowly being handed over to atheistic views…. But we are still not as bad as where these people live we have to pray for our own religious freedom in America STLIL that God will move here and also there. May God protect the people in Pakistan, China and other persecuted countries Amen and please God help America return to You AMEN.



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posted April 30, 2011 at 10:48 am


After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. -Matthew 6:9-13 ♥ ♥ ♥ In the name of Precious Jesus Our Savior AMEN <3



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Robin

posted April 29, 2011 at 10:00 am


This people freak out when they hear a pastors is going to burn the Koran. I beleave burning of any Holy book is wronge no matter what releigon or beleaf. So what gives them the right to kill a person for there beleaf’s they are commenting a sin. A person should have the right to beleave and worship in there own way and not be killed for it. What would they say if we told them to close the all Temples in America that they go to worship in or be put to death. Which we the American have let them have freedom of relegion. Its time they change there ways and release her to worship as she please.



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Michele Young

posted April 22, 2011 at 8:27 pm


It is April 22, did they execute her?



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    Rob Kerby, Senior Editor

    posted April 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm


    Around the world, Christians prayed for Aasia. She is reported to have learned of the prayers — and is greatly encouraged.



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Airvenus

posted April 20, 2011 at 1:43 pm


Let’s talk about praying for our Christian sister instead of talking about “bombing Islam back to the stone age” otherwise we are no better than the terrorists who also act/react based on religious excuses.
We are Christians! And we react to hate with love. Otherwise, as Jesus said in Luke 6:33,”And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that.”

I pray for Aasia Bibi and her family. I pray for her health, strength, and faith. hat she knows and feels that many around the world are supporting her and that God is with her. I pray for a blessing from God that she is freed and may be an inspiration to many. I pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen!



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