Barnabas Fund - International Headquarters River Street, Pewsey, Wilthire. Phone: +44 1672 565030 Latitude: 51 deg 23 min 18 sec N Longitude: 1 deg 45 min 48 sec W .
Condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi sp...

Email:

Condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi spends third Christmas behind bars

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

Condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi spends third Christmas behind bars

Country/Region: South and East Asia, Pakistan

Barnabas Fund is helping her family with practical needs

Condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi is spending a third Christmas separated from her family as she awaits an appeal against her death sentence for “blasphemy” in a Pakistani prison.

Asia-Bibi-Family-4X3.jpg
Aasia's husband Ashiq Masih with daughters Eisham (12), Sidra (18), and Esha (13)

Aasia has been in jail since June 2009, when she was falsely accused of making derogatory remarks about Muhammad. She is being kept in isolation for her own safety, and is able to see her children only twice a year because of the security risk to them.

The family had an emotional reunion on 13 December, carefully organised by a Christian couple who run the school that Aasia’s daughters attend. When the incarcerated mother saw her children, she naturally wanted to hug and kiss them but was not initially allowed any contact. The school director pleaded with the jail authorities and obtained permission for the family to meet in a separate room. He said:

Aasia gave lots of hugs and kisses to the children; it was a moment where the mother could shower her love upon her children. It was a wonderful moment provided by the Lord Jesus Christ to the family of Aasia Bibi.

He said that joy turned to sorrow when it was time to say goodbye, adding, “Asia started crying and praying to God for His mercy and freedom so that she could stay with her family with peace and love.”

Barnabas helps Aasia’s family

On a recent trip to Pakistan, a Barnabas Fund staff member met with Aasia’s husband Ashiq Masih and daughters, Sidra (18), Esha (13) and Eisham (12), who is disabled.

Ashiq is unable to go out to work because of the risk to his safety; families of those accused of blasphemy in Pakistan are frequently targeted by Islamist extremists. The family are receiving support from the Christian community, especially from the daughters’ school, but are in great need.

Barnabas Fund is helping: we are providing them with a monthly food parcel and also funding other needs such as winter bedding, warm clothing and Christmas gifts for the children.

Our staff member said that, despite their ordeal, the family is remaining strong in their faith, and that Aasia in particular is growing in her trust in the Lord as she spends time praying and occasionally fasting in jail.

He said:

They are assured that people are praying for them and caring for them. The children are of course missing their mother terribly but have not given up hope that they will one day be together as a family again.

Appeal delayed

Aasia was sentenced to death for "defiling the name of Muhammad" – a charge she strongly denies – in November 2010. An appeal has been lodged before the Lahore High Court, but the case has been delayed and is unlikely to be heard soon because of the controversy and Muslim hostility surrounding it. Two Pakistani politicians, Punjab Governor Salman Taseer and Minorities Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, have been assassinated because of their support for Aasia and opposition to the blasphemy laws that condemned her. "Defiling the name of Muhammad" carries a mandatory death penalty in Pakistan.

Give Today

You can help Aasia Bibi and other Christian victims of violence and injustice. Please send your donation to the Victims of Violence Fund (project 00-345). using our secure server.

If you prefer to telephone, dial: 0800 587 4006 from within the UK or +44 1672 565031 from outside the UK. Please quote project reference Victims of Violence Fund (project 00-345).

If you prefer to send a cheque by post: Click this link for the address of our regional office. Please quote project reference Victims of Violence Fund (project 00-345).

For a quick donation of £3.00 by SMS (see terms and conditions here) text Barnabas/345 to 70007 (Please note: This facility is presently only available to UK supporters).

Please Pray:
  • That the Lord will work wonderfully in the Pakistani justice system and that Aasia will be released soon.
  • That Aasia and her family will be kept safe from all harm and that all their needs will be met.
  • That the God of hope will fill Aasia and her family with all joy and peace as they trust in him, so that they may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
Help us: Share this article

Email:

Condemned Christian mother Aasia Bibi spends third Christmas behind bars

To

Email address:
Separate multiple addresses with a comma (,). Maximum of 10

From

Your name:
Your email address:
Security test:
Please enter the numbers that appear here in the box below.
refresh captcha
CAPTCHA Image
Security code:

Details provided here will never be used in any other context

christian, persecution, charity, church, persecuted, sookhdeo, Islam

Other articles

Follow Barnabas

or

receive news & appeal emails as they are published

From Twitter

From Twitter_icon

    Daily prayer

    Daily prayer_icon
    • “We ask all Christians and members of other faiths to reconsider their own beliefs and join Hinduism.” Krishna Hari Baskota, secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister in Nepal, was speaking about the application process for a new identity card that will show citizens’ religious affiliation. Christians and members of other minorities will be subjected to greater scrutiny before obtaining the official documents and will be asked to reiterate their faith. One Christian rights activist said that the government is trying to discourage people from converting from Hinduism. Pray that the Nepalese authorities will not discriminate against Christians but will treat them on equal terms with the Hindu majority. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 7 hours ago

    • Lift up to the Lord a group of Christians in Pali village, Jharkhand state, India, who were attacked by Hindu extremists on two consecutive days in an effort to force them to convert to Hinduism. On 4 March, the offenders stormed into the home of Pastor Tilas Bedia, beat the Christians present and threatened to kill them if they continued to follow Christ. The following morning, a mob dragged 15 Christians from their homes, told them to convert back to Hinduism and beat them. The pastor and two others were paraded half-naked to the outskirts of the village. Adding insult to injury, a case of forcible conversion was subsequently registered against the pastor and three other Christians. Pray that the Lord will give them all the strength to stand firm in the face of such opposition. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sun, Jul 2014 00:00

    • Pray for Christians in the village of Gudrikia, Kandhamal district, who lost their church building in the 2008 anti-Christian riots in Orissa state, India. Earlier this year, they planned to rebuild the church, and on 11 March, they took the stones they had bought to the site to start the work. But they were blocked by a group of Hindu fundamentalists, who threatened them. The previous church building had been burnt down, and the land where it once stood is now used by Hindus for farming. The latest incident highlights the ongoing hostility towards Christians in the area. Pray that the Lord will soften the hearts of Hindu extremists in India, and that they will allow Christians to practise their faith in freedom and peace. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Sat, Jul 2014 00:00

    • Pray for Christians and other non-Hindus in India following the landslide victory of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the country’s general election. The BJP is the political wing of a Hindu nationalist movement, Hindutva, which is striving to make India a religiously pure nation. The party has given support to Hindu extremist groups that attack Christians, and states where it holds power have generally experienced a rise in anti- Christian violence. The party was in charge of Orissa state during the horrendous anti-Christian riots of 2007-08. It has also pledged to introduce national legislation to curb “missionary” activity and end “proselytising”; this may be used to restrict legitimate Christian evangelism. Pray that the new government will give equal rights to all India’s citizens and provide effective protection for Christians, Muslims and others from Hindu extremism. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Fri, Jul 2014 00:00

    • Heavenly Father, we lift up to You today the heartbroken family of Mary Sameh George, a young Christian woman who was killed in an Islamist attack on a church in Egypt. We pray that You will comfort them and give them Your peace. We thank You that Mary was not ashamed to make her allegiance to You known, even taking the risk of provoking murderous anger against herself. We pray also for the families of three others who were killed in this attack at a church in Ain Shams, a suburb of Cairo, on 28 March. Lord God, may the hostility of Muslim Brotherhood supporters towards Christians in Egypt be restrained. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Jul 2014 00:00

    © Barnabas Fund 1997 - 2014 All rights reserved.
    Barnabas Fund & Barnabas Aid are registered trade marks