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Christians and Sharia Law – by Agnes Massey


I feel a great passion for our voiceless Christian Community and always raise my voice boldly. JUI-F lawmaker Mrs. Asia Nasir, a Christian MNA from Balochistan visited Canada who was being sponsored by CCA (NGO).

During the session of questions and answers which was in their meeting’s Agenda. Being lawyer High Court Lahore Pakistan, I asked time to explain Sharia law. We all living abroad trying very hard, some how to get together on one platform for our suffering brethren in Pakistan , I raised a question about Sharia Law which should not be applicable on Christians because according to our HOLY SCRIPTURES we are not allowed to embrace other sharia.

This law is not applicable on Christians in Nigeria & Indonisia.These Islamic Countries formed a Precedent which Pakistan should also follow and exempt this law to Christian Community because according to the Constitution of Pakistan we are free to practice our religion.

2. we are natives of Pakistan and we are not immigrants. Muslim, Sikhs and Hindu communities on the declaration of India and Pakistan, migrated but Christians did not go any where .When Muslims came from India to Pakistan, we were already there because Pakistan is our native country.

Therefore, immigrants have no right to impose any law on natives. That was issue which I was going to explain in the meeting arranged by CCA for Mrs. Asia Nasir,MNA so that she could do something for NATIVE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY but I am very sad to say that Secretary of CCA did not give me time to explain to the nation and to the honourable lady that she could ask her party for justice and equal rights to native Christians living in Pakistan.

3. Other countries like North America, Europe and Australia gave special rights to Native Indians, the same way Mohammed Ali Jinnah gave equal rights to all people living in Pakistan. ( this was a DEED which Quaid-e-Azam wrote) It is mandatory that after the death of a person who wrote WILL, no body can change it. How Pakistan did, it is totally unacceptable and against law.
She didn’t response.

Mrs. Asia Nasir belongs to the party of Maulana Fazal-u-Rahman’s Jamat-e-Islami which is Mullahs party. This is the party who don’t want amendment of blasphemy law.

This is the party who forced Prime Minister and President of Pakistan not to touch Sharia Law , it will stay as it is …

As the whole community knows from Shanti Nager up to Martyred Shahbaz Bhatti ,Minister for Minorities Affairs and many more men & women are suffering in jails on false accusations of blasphemy laws on the personal revenge and extreme
hatred of culprits.

Bottom line is this why CCA invited this woman ,the party she belongs is against Christianity. What is their motive?

Agnes Massey

Lawyer, High Court LHR, Pakistan

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  • I f soem one is a Lawyer High court than it doesnt means that he or she will write whatever her.his point of views are, either if its going against Islam or Ideology of pakistan. Pakistan came into being as a seperate home land for the muslims of subcontinent and people migrated from both sides mostly from India and settled here in pakistan so that they can see there dream comes true now. Agnes massey used very strong and In appropriate language against the Islamic parties who have strong mandates ad well as Immigrants(Muhajireen).Its the native country of every pakistani, so don’t create division. Dont be a performer like ZM.I want to high light some thing here, see her words:

    ”we are natives of Pakistan and we are not immigrants. Muslim, Sikhs and Hindu communities on the declaration of India and Pakistan, migrated but Christians did not go any where .When Muslims came from India to Pakistan, we were already there because Pakistan is our native country.

    Therefore, immigrants have no right to impose any law on natives.”
    Why she is creating discrmination by saying Immigrnats have no rights??? Who is immigrant now ???
    The Other act of haterd is:

    ”Mrs. Asia Nasir belongs to the party of Maulana Fazal-u-Rahman’s Jamat-e-Islami which is Mullahs party. This is the party who don’t want amendment of blasphemy law.”

    I dont know what happened to these Christians people when Qazi Hussain Ahmed and People Like Tahir ul Qadri Participates in Interfaith Harmony conferences and join hands wit others to cut the cake of Christmas. Even many Chritian NGOs high lights these efforts and put the pictures from news papers cutting and post it on their front board so any one who came must get a good response from there performance.

    Its Quite clear that Muhammad Ali Jinnah wants an Islamic Republic of Pakistan where every one have equal rights, whether he is a christian , a hindu or a muslim.

    Who says Jamat e Islami is against chritian? any proofs ?

  • Did you ever know Jinnah at all?. Its hard to call him a believer even what to say that he wanted Islamic Republic. His politics did contributed to the later islamization in a strange way but he was categoric about Sharia. He clearly replied to Raja Sahib Mehmoodabad that Pakistan will not be Sharia ruled country. He even mocked him saying Which Sharia Raja sb Hanafi? Jafri Malki or Ahmadi?

  • “The Sharia laws or modern legal system”

    Nasir Khan, September 28, 2013

    Those who are well-acquainted with the Sharia laws and modern legal systems should be in a position to show what the Sharia laws of Islam are and how they are inadequate to protect and safeguard people and their rights in these times. No doubt, during the early period of Islamic rule, the system of Islamic jurisprudence (fiqah) that developed had its basis in the Qur’anic legislation and they were progressive and innovative according to the standards of those times. Prominent Muslim juristists (fuqhah) used various devices, such as ijtihad, analogy, istihsan, ijma, istidlal, to extend the laws and their application. But around the 13th century things changed and Islamic jurisprudence came to a standstill. It was no more able to move with the changing times. And that condition still prevails. In addition, the Sharia law has become more regressive and inequitable in places where it has been enforced, especially in matters of women’s rights, male domination, criminal offences, etc. etc.

    Many ordinary people who have their traditional Islamic identity and customs don’t have the slightest clue about the Sharia laws. Their way of thinking is shaped not by any independent thinking or observation but by what they hear in the sermons of their clergy and religious preachers. Their thinking in such matters is very simple: The Sharia laws are made by God; therefore they are always the best for all! Once they become the laws in our countries, justice and truth will prevail; injustice and violations of human rights will disappear. The true rule of God on earth will appear. The lion and the goat will drink water from the same pond!

    In sum, this is all what they think and nothing more. But unfortunately all this is illusory and has no basis in reality. Now the big question is: How to remove such day-dreaming and misunderstandings? The answer lies in giving the correct information. That involves a gradual and systematic educational process. This can be performed by those who know the inadequacy of the Sharia laws that don’t and can’t meet the needs of people in this age. To do so is not an easy task for many reasons. However, it is essential to impart such information in a polite and humane way without resorting to abusive or aggressive language or making any attacks on traditional religious beliefs and customs.