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Muslim activist comes forth to prove innocent a Christian in Blasphemy charges:

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Intervention of a Muslim activist saved the life of an innocent illiterate Christian man and managed to wipe off the charges of blasphemous act of burning Qur’anic verse containing pages.

Mansha Masih, is a Christian, who has worked for 15 years as a street sweeper cum scavenger in the Hajweri area of Faisalabad. That day, he was picking up waste and leaves around some abandoned houses, when a young Muslim named Billu accused him, from the roof of his home, of destroying pages of The Holy Qur’an, the beloved sacred book of the Muslims. He, later, stormed towards the Christian man and brutally beat him. All this commotion attracted a mob of people to gather and as it always happens, the mob, too, charged Masih of having burned pages with Qur’anic writing on them without hearing out the victim’s side.
However, the intervention of the 26-year old Muslim activist Farhan Sadiq , a journalist and member of the Human Rights Defenders Network, was vital in saving the Christian’s life at the hands of the aggressive mob who were ready to lynch him, too. He freed Masih from the hands of the tormentors and took him home. He then did an independent investigation to verify the facts himself, after which it was found that those pages were “desecrated” by two minor students in the area, who were averting going to the local mosque and so they burned the books in a fit of rage.
Meanwhile, rumors of this alleged blasphemy case had already circulated in the town and a crowd was ready to punish the man to death. Even after the confession of two young men, the crowd did not want to believe that Mansha Masih, was innocent, despite of repeatedly stating that he cannot read and so had done nothing wrong as he did not know the content of printed sheets. Till the end, Sadiq courageously dealt with crowd and finally succeeded in proving the charges to be false,  saving the Christian’s life.
With more than 180 million as population (97 per cent Muslim), Pakistan is considered the sixth most populous country in the world, the second largest Muslim nation after Indonesia. About 80 per cent of Muslims are Sunni, while Shias are 20 per cent. Hindus are 1.85 per cent, followed by Christians (1.6 per cent) and Sikhs (0.04 per cent). Violence against ethnic and religious minorities is commonplace across the country, with Shia Muslims and Christians as the main target. Dozens of blasphemy cases, including targeted attacks against entire communities mar the country each day. But such acts where humanity is kept above all, do need special mention in our day to day reads to make us understand that humanity is truly the need of the hour. These come with a hope to help increase the our level of tolerance towards the members of our species, regardless of their beliefs, for bringing peace in not just one nation, but in the whole world, and to put an end to acts that tarnish the image of our society and to help bring about social harmony.
Dr Aafreen Kotadiya
MGM University

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Humanity came to the rescue for a Brooklyn Jew Man straight from Bangladesh.

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Who would’ve thought that a simple holiday greeting could get a person bashed up! But there’s still hope, thanks to people who still believe that humanity comes first!

An incident of Brooklyn narrates that a man had simply wished “Happy Hanukkah” to a random group of people when this greeting landed him in the hospital at the hands of a gang of Antisemitic goons aboard a packed train. He could’ve even lost his life in the scuffle if it wasn’t for a modest Muslim from Bangladesh, a complete stranger, who came to his rescue.

It all began when Adler, his girlfriend, Maria Parsheva, and two other pals boarded the subway at Canal Street bound for Brooklyn and someone in another group wished them “Merry Christmas.” Adler and his pal Angelica Krischanovich responded: “Happy Hanukkah.” Just at that instant it all began and so soon, that all they could realize was that whatever is coming next is not going to be good! The group of about 14 men and women then allegedly began taunting Adler and his pals as “dirty Jews” and “Jew bitches.” Amid a huge scrum, Askari jumped in and got bashed up too. He pulled the emergency brake right before entering the DeKalb Avenue station.
Walter Adler, a 23 years honors student at Hunter College, was touched when Hassan Askari who is studying to be an accountant, jumped to his aid. He recalls, “A random Muslim guy jumped in and helped me, a Jewish guy on Hanukkah – that’s a miracle,” said Adler, “He’s basically a hero. Hassan jumped in to help us despite of being a stranger.” Modest Askari shrugged off the praises, “I just did what I had to do,” he claimed. “My parents raised me that way.”
Later, Police came aboard and arrested 10 people, charging six with assault and four with unlawful assembly. Ten people were arrested in the underground attack on Friday night – including two men who have been arrested for race crimes before. None of the suspects had been charged with a hate crime in the Q train attack as of last night, but the Brooklyn DA’s Civil Rights Bureau is handling the case.
Later, Adler invited his new found friend over to celebrate the Festival of Lights.
The two new pals – the victim with a broken nose and a swollen lip, and the saviour, with two black eyes – had meal together and laughed off the bruises and the night of futile fisticuffs. But, alls well that ends well. And such incidents are a proof that humanity is all but lost! There’s still hope for love, friendship and bonding despite of differences, if only we try!
Dr Aafreen Kotadiya
MGM University

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