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The Courage of Asia Bibi and the Cowardice of the Pakistani Judiciary

Asia's husband and her sister
Photo taken in 2012 is of Asia Bibi’s husband and her sister.

I am stunned, saddened, and outraged that Christian woman Asia Bibi has lost her appeal to the High Court in Pakistan and has been condemned to death . . . to death!

Asia has spent five years imprisoned in an 8 by 8 foot room, away from her husband and five children, and away from her home which has been completely vandalised.  And now she faces the real and imminent threat of being hanged, and all because she supposedly breached the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, laws which greatly endanger religious minorities such as Christians.

This is how Sister Catherine Wyborne describes the situation on her blog iBenedictines:

This morning, somewhere in Pakistan, Asia Bibi is living with the knowledge that she has been condemned to death by hanging because she refused to convert to Islam when accused under the country’s blasphemy laws. Reports of the case suggest a squabble on the fruit farm which got out of hand. A cup of cold water (how biblical is that!), tempers fraying, an escalation of words on both sides and then a life imperilled. Two politicians who spoke in defence of Asia Bibi have already been murdered and the Government of Pakistan is now in the ‘difficult’ position of upholding a verdict many see as unjust. The trouble is, governments do not care as much about justice as they say they do; and unless some face-saving formula can be found, Asia Bibi will surely die.

Sister Catherine then notes the steadfastness of Asia Bibi and the cowardice and political chicanery of the Pakistani government and judiciary.  She has even stronger words for the complacent West.  You can read her post here.

Asia is in very real danger; however I believe that God uses our prayers, and I continue to pray for Asia, her family and her country.  Please pray too.


Here are a couple of petitions that  you can sign and share.

The first petition has been organised by Amnesty International.  It is addressed to the Pakistani Prime Ministers and asks for a stay of execution, Asia’s unconditional release and safety, reforms to the blasphemy law, and the abolition of the death penalty.
The link is here: http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/35932/

Another petition which has been organised through change.org is addressed to the Pakistani Supreme Court and simply asks for the acquittal and release of Asia Bibi.
The link is here:   http://www.change.org/p/supreme-court-of-pakistan-please-acquit-and-release-asia-bibi

I realise previous petitions have been unsuccessful.  But who knows?  These may make some positive difference.  Please sign them and share on social media and via email. It just takes a minute or two.

More Information
A short post about the hearing in the High Court on the 16th of October is here.  Note that “25 Mullah’s were present to apply pressure and push for the [death] sentence.”  (A Mullah is a Muslim trained in religious law.)
This article from the Daily Mail provides a good overview of Asia’s case.
An excellent short article entitled 10 Things You Should Know about Asia Bibi from Open Doors USA is here.

Posted October 18th, 2014 . Categories/Tags: Uncategorized,

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14 comments on “The Courage of Asia Bibi and the Cowardice of the Pakistani Judiciary

  1. Cecilia Ghani says:

    Thank you so much for the wonderful article on your blog.. I believe it will help her a lot… can we send emails to Australian Embassy in Pakistan and Australia to raise her voice… what do you say?

  2. Javed Irshad says:

    I was in prison and you came to visit me (Mt 25:36)
    Thank you sister Marg, for an other petition for the pardon and release of Asia Bibi.

  3. Subhasis Chattopadhyay says:

    While I congratulate Mrs. Bibi for her reluctance to convert to Islam; here’s how the Christian Brothers and the Jesuits (of Calcutta Province) mentally rapes and torutred me.

    I was born a Hindu and remain one, thank the SELF which incarnated as Jesus (and many times more as other incarnations).

    I was manipulated from the age of 10/11, forst by the Christian Brothers and then by the Jesuits to become a roman catholic. They allowed me to be cut off from my parents and disoriented me to the extent that I went to a Catholic seminary and studied the Bible and Formative Spirituality. To cut a personal sob-story short, is it possible that this Asia Bibi has been coerced by unscrupulous missionaries to be hanged and she is doing so for her fear of hell, rather than the love of Christ. I may seem devilish, but does not someone somewhere say, that be all things to all men? Is it possible that some of you sitting in your comfy chairs somewhere in the global north, are gloating the fact that you have a martyr? i am certain that Mrs. Bibi is going down in good faith; that indeed she will have beatific joy — but at what costs and how many chuckles that now the Christians have another Girardian scapegoat?

    Oh let the dogs of uncharitable comments begin 😉

    In Christ,

    Your Hindu slanderer (a sin for which i shall be barbecued in your hell)… after all I don’t have the grace of faith like you who are Benedictine, Evangelical and what not. For me better a Thomas Merton who enjoyed the affair at the end of his Trappist life than hallelujah singers who applaud the faith of one going to die and thus end all hope for her family. The Benedictine Rule dictates that I be solemn … but on whom is the joke? I love martyrs more than myself, I say. I am privileged not to die since that is the Will of God. And this God, chose only a selected few.

    I am rambling — may be mimicking Hamlet?

    • Marg says:

      Dear Subhasis,

      No uncharitable comments will be posted here. I am truly grieved for how some Christians behave, and what you have gone through. A lot of injustice has been done, and continues to be done, by people who do not understand the teachings, or the true heart, of Jesus. True faith cannot be coerced.

      Also, I do not have a hell. The apostle Paul never mentions hell, and I’m pretty sure the verses where Jesus mentions Gehenna have been misunderstood. As far as I can make out, hell is for the devil, not for people.


  4. Melissa says:

    Hi Marg — The link to Sister Catherine Wyborne’s post seems to be broken.

  5. TL says:

    I am equally stunned at this. Just saw it yesterday.

    Of interest is the fact of 25 Mullahs claiming the backing of Muslim religious teachings.

  6. fkate says:

    God bless Asia Bibi, shame on you Pakistan

    • Marg says:

      Most Pakistanis are as angered and upset as we are about the blasphemy law and Asia Bibi’s plight.

      It is a small but powerful (and terrifying?) minority that wants this law and Asia’s death.

      A large percentage of people who have signed the petition are Pakistanis.

  7. Usha says:

    Praying for Asia. Praying for Subhassis too. Sorry your journey has been so pain filled. People can be misled in their attempt to what they believe is God’s will.

  8. Touchstone says:

    “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. Pray our Father in heaven whose name is holy, let your kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and into your hands we commit Asia for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and though we would ask you to send your angel to lead Asia out of her prison the way your angel led Peter out in Acts 12, we pray your will be done always

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