“As a Christian, Masih is considered a part of the lowest social caste in Pakistan and is deemed ‘untouchable’ by some members of Pakistan’s Muslim majority. Those deemed untouchable in Pakistan are often ostracized by the majority community and are condemned to work sanitation jobs, cleaning and removing human waste. Since many Muslims in Pakistan believe Christians defile everything they touch, they forbid Christians to sell any sort of food to them.”
Where did the Muslims get this idea? From the Qur’an, of course:
“O you who have believed, indeed the polytheists are unclean…” — Qur’an 9:28
Christians are often considered polytheists by Muslims because of the idea of the Trinity, which is misunderstood but decisively rejected in the Qur’an: “And when Allah will say, ‘O Jesus, Son of Mary, did you say to the people, “Take me and my mother as deities besides Allah ?”‘ He will say, ‘Exalted are You! It was not for me to say that to which I have no right. If I had said it, You would have known it. You know what is within myself, and I do not know what is within Yourself. Indeed, it is You who is Knower of the unseen.'” — Qur’an 5:116
“‘Untouchable’ Christian Beaten for Selling Ice-Cream in Pakistan,” International Christian Concern, June 9, 2016 (thanks to Robert):
6/9/2016 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – In Pakistan, many Christians have faced the dehumanizing experience of being treated as untouchables by the country’s Muslim majority population. This treatment has consigned many Christians to lowly labor and sanitation jobs. As a result, most Pakistani Christians are poor, undereducated, and ostracized by the communities that they live in.
One of these Christians who is treated as an untouchable is Khaleel Masih, a 42-year-old Christian, in Pakistan. Masih supports his wife and six children by selling ice-cream from an ice chest on the back of his bicycle. Often, Masih has to leave his own city, Changa Manga, and travel through the surrounding villages in order to find enough customers for his business.
On May 17, Masih visited a village in the Kasur district to sell ice-cream. The visit, which started out well, soon turned disastrous.
“It was a sunny day,” Masih remembered. Two Muslim brothers, Muhammad Rizwan and Muhammad Farman, came up to Masih and began insulting him.
Masih stated, “They called me ‘Chora,’ an insulting word used for Christians. Then they began accusing me of selling unclean merchandise to Muslim children. I wanted to argue and make them understand that this wasn’t true but they didn’t listen to me. Instead, they began to beat and torture me.”
Soon, approximately twenty other men joined in the attack. They not only beat Masih, but also damaged his bicycle and scattered his ice-cream along the ground.
Other Muslim men and women yelled slogans in the street, saying: “Christians are untouchables! They are not followers of our holy prophet. They are meant for cleaning our houses and therefore should not be allowed to sell anything edible to Muslims.”
Describing the event, Masih stated, “I was attacked, beaten, and abused for selling ice-cream to Muslim children and women.”
When Masih reported the attack at the local police station, the police refused to listen to his statement. Later, after finally being allowed to file a complaint against his attackers, the Muslim religious leaders used their position to pressure Masih to withdraw his complaint. They also forced him to sign a reconciliation agreement.
Sadly, Masih’s persecution reflects the discriminatory religious and social structures that exist in Pakistan. As a Christian, Masih is considered a part of the lowest social caste in Pakistan and is deemed “untouchable” by some members of Pakistan’s Muslim majority.
Those deemed untouchable in Pakistan are often ostracized by the majority community and are condemned to work sanitation jobs, cleaning and removing human waste. Since many Muslims in Pakistan believe Christians defile everything they touch, they forbid Christians to sell any sort of food to them.
This ideology of religious discrimination is what prompted the group of Muslim men to violently beat Masih and destroy his property….