By Theodore Shoebat
The most horrifying story of Christian persecution is happening in our time, and yet it has mostly fallen on deaf ears…
Imagine yourself in a filthy and dismal room, with sadistically smiling Muslims looking at you, thinking of the evils they are about to inflict upon you. You are not alone, next to you is your wife. They beat you heavily, to the point where you can barely stand, and then they threaten you with the unthinkable: they say that they are going to seize your wife, strip her completely naked and walk her down the road in plain sight, just to humiliate her.
After you have been severely beaten and humiliated, you and your demoralized wife are taken to a court where a mob of Muslim gangs scream verses from the Koran justifying your death. Your lawyer is terrified, the judge does not want to even entertain your case for fear of the mob. Week after week you live without hope, not knowing what your fate will be. Your children are alone, without father nor mother, and not realizing if their parents will live or die. And in the end, when you and your wife stand in the court, surrounded by wolves and no sympathizers, the judge declares your sentence: you will both be put to death by hanging.
This is what is happening in the case of Shafqat and Shagufta. This is the highest profile case of persecution in Pakistan, and Rescue Christians is the only organization that has taken it up.
This story will make a break the case for Pakistani Christians since in the case of Shafqat and his wife, the courts are persisting to carry out the death penalty in order to thwart the ability of the West to rescue Christians in Pakistan, and is why we are appealing to all to send this to your friends urging them with these words: “This is a time for Prayer or Action!”
They are a Christian couple in Pakistan, who were arrested and brutally tortured by Muslims after they were falsely accused of blasphemy against Islam. They are now facing the death penalty, and are screaming out: “SOS (Save our souls!)”
The Muslim police officers who sadistically tormented them threatened the husband that if he did not admit to the charges, that they will strip his wife completely naked on the road.
Their son had this to say about the event:
They forced my father to admit the accusation but my father denied. They tortured my father and said that if he will not admit then they will beat his wife and will take her on the road naked. So my father admitted.
After enduring such torture and psychological violence, they were both sentenced to death. Pharaoh’s heart is hardened to uproot the name of Christianity, and to wipe out the Christians from the earth. This is the ultimate battle for survival: either this couple lives, or they die.
This couple was slandered, tortured, humiliated to the most horrific degree, and yet they still did not give up the cause of Christ, nor did they accept to convert to Islam, even though the court passed the death sentence on both the man and his wife.
Watch this most heart breaking video of their children and Shafqat’s father weeping and begging for help from anyone willing to take up their cause:
Whether they live or die depends on what we do, at this very moment. If we help, we can free them, but if we do nothing, their blood is upon us. We must strive to liberate them from this Islamic despotism. Please make a donation for the freedom of Shafqat and Shagufta.
When we see this horrifically persecuted family; the weeping of the grandfather, the wailings of the children, the lamentations of the family, the torment and anguish of the husband and wife, we de not see just the mere suffering of human beings, no, we see Christ. When we view this most sad footage, we are witnessing the image of Christ before our eyes.
It is Christ Who is imprisoned; Christ Who is beaten and scourged; Christ Who is threatened and mocked; Christ Who is scoffed; Christ Who is naked. The world has abandoned these banished children of Eve, and at the same time, it is Christ Who is forsaken; Christ Who is ignored with the cruel indifference of men.
And under the quiet and cloudless skies of the East, which hovers over a roaring and raging throng of Adam’s sons, glorious and valiant saints accustomed to the cruelties of savages conquer the bastions of evil with the spilling of their sacred blood. As the sublime Psalmist declares:
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:15)
Every tear that pours forth from the shaking eyes of these hated Christians, drips down like a river flowing from the mountains of the sky’s lofty peak, into an eternal ocean that roars like the lion breaking from the shackles of his enemies. The robust beast charges with righteous rage to execute the vengeance of Heaven, storming under the thick clouds of peace, striking with the utmost of love, advancing the Eternal Law, and fulfilling revenge over his enemies with the purest light of justice. As the holy Revelator declares:
Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. (Revelation 5:5)
From the bitterness of the persecuted, the torrent of noble revenge will spring forth. Sweet as the freshest honey, and fierce as the piercing waves of the oldest deluge, will that day be, when the martyrs and the tormented saints will return to vanquish their oppressors. As the prophet Jacob proclaimed:
Judah, your brothers will praise you;
your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;
your father’s sons will bow down to you.
You are a lion’s cub, Judah;
you return from the prey, my son.
Like a lion he crouches and lies down,
like a lioness—who dares to rouse him? (Genesis 49:8-9)
Every drop of blood that sprinkles from the severed veins of a Christian, gathers together into a scarlet sea that crimsons the thundering heavens where a chorus of eternal martyrs sing for the marching of war against the enemies of God.
But before that time, we must not remain silent, but help these tormented saints from their current oppression. Rescue Christians has already filed an appeal to overturn the death penalty for this suffering husband and wife. We must continue fighting for their liberation! PLEASE DONATE TO RESCUE SHAFQAT AND SHAGUFTA.