Thursday, September 6, 2012

Pray for Rimsha Masih this weekend

Rimsha Masih, a Christian Pakistani teenager who was accused of desecrating the Qur’an, has been in prison for three weeks, reports Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

After several delays, the high profile blasphemy case was scheduled for Friday, September 7. Rimsha is believed to have Down’s Syndrome and is deemed to be 14 years old.  

Update: At the case on Friday, Rimsha was released on bail. Praise God!

Hundreds of Christians have fled Rimsha's neighbourhood.
Please also pray for them this weekend.
A witness has testified that the leader of his mosque, Khalid Jadoon Chishti, had falsified evidence to implicate Rimsha.  He claimed that Chishti had added pages of the Qur’an to a bag of burned rubbish used as evidence against her to strengthen the basis for the blasphemy accusation, and that he had instigated both the complainant’s charge and the mob aggression that followed.

On September 2, Chishti was himself charged with blasphemy under section 295B of the Pakistan Penal Code, and is currently in police custody.  It is further alleged that he and others from Rimsha’s neighbourhood on the outskirts of Islamabad have been promoting anti-Christian sentiment in recent months.

This weekend, please intercede on behalf of Rimsha.
  • Set aside time to pray on Friday, September 7 for Rimsha’s case. Please pray the Lord will protect Rimsha and her family. Pray for a favourable outcome. Pray that the perpetrators will be brought to justice. Also pray for the country of Pakistan. Ask the Lord to use this case to promote religious freedom for all in Pakistan. Pray that Christians in Pakistan will be the light that draws their neighbours to Jesus (Matthew 5:14-16).
  • Post a prayer for Rimsha on our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall
  • Share this story with your congregation in your church bulletin and spend time praying as a church family for Rimsha. Share about Rimsha with your Sunday School class or Bible study group. 
  • Tell others about Rimsha. Share this story with your friends and family. Post this story on your blog, share on Facebook, or retweet on Twitter. Let others know how the blasphemy law in Pakistan is used against Christians and other religious minorities.
If you have other ideas on how to remember Rimsha in prayer this weekend, please share them in the comments section below. Thank you for praying for Rimsha!

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