Attacks on Christians and Shi`a Muslims in Pakistan

posed by Sajjad Rizvi

answer by Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.


Q. You condemned the Church attack in Pakistan that happened a while ago, and also registered your protest on that vile act. For the sake of consistency and also to better inform the public, would you also mention the murder in cold blood of 14 Shi`a Muslims murdered while they were praying only a week prior to the church killings in Rawalpindi Islamabad area of Pakistan.The point is that there are murderers and terrorists out there who are committing cold blooded acts of brutality against all faiths and humanity and its not a question of Muslim versus Christians.

A. You raise a very valid point. We are not a news site, so we make no attempt to track every atrocity done by every religious denomination. Nonetheless, we agree that it is important to state that all such brutality against innocents whether it is done by or to Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, Shi`a, or Sunni. deserves strong condemnation and swift justice. As we noted in our original posting, the Qur'an warns: "...Did not God check one set of people by means of another there would surely have been pulled down monasteries churches synagogues and mosques in which the name of God is commemorated in abundant measure. God will certainly aid those who aid His (cause); for verily God is Full of Strength Exalted in Might (Able to enforce His Will)." (22:40, A. Yusuf Ali, trans.)

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