Man Sentenced To Death In Pakistan, Says’I Don’t Follow Anyone Other Than Jesus’ (Photo)

Masih, who was first detained in 2017, got into a verbal altercation with a client at his motorcycle repair business who wanted his fee waived because he was a devout follower of a particular religion. Masih stated he believed in Jesus Christ and would not agree to have the fee waived.

“When Ashfaq asked for payment he refused to pay the full amount, saying he was a poor sadhu (religious devotee) and that Ashfaq should honour him.”

“Jesus is the true prophet” Masih allegedly claimed, leading to the “guilty” verdict of insulting the prophet Mohammad.

The statement:-

“I follow only Jesus” was constructed as “I refuse to follow Prophet Muhammad” and qualified as blasphemy. The Session Court agreed.

Over the course of five years, Masih’s hearings have been repeatedly moved or cancelled. In 2019, due to his mother’s passing, he was allowed to attend her funeral. In an image shared on twitter, Masih embraced his family while still in handcuffs.

Later in 2022, Masih, a husband and father, was sentenced to death by Judge Khalid Wazir.

Prayers for Ashfaq Masih, his family, and other persecuted Christians across the world are pivotal right now as he contends for an overturn in the verdict.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12).

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