By Aftab Alexander Mughal
Through a good gesture many Christians in Pakistan showed the love of God with their Muslim fellow citizens on the day of their religious feast Eid-ul-Fiter on Sept. 11. They spent the whole day with flood affected Muslim people on their religious festival and show their full support in their difficult time. They took food, presents and money which was distributed among them. Those who were unable to go to visit them they sent best wishes.
“We went to Shah Garh, about 15 kilometers in south of Muzaffargarh city in Southern Punjab, where the whole area, countless villages were destroyed by the flood water of Sindh river, Samuel Nadeem, a Christian government servant from Muzaffargarh city, told Minorities Concern of Pakistan (MCP). “Our group was well received. They were so grateful that we visited them and greeted them on their Eid day,” Nadeem added.
I am so sad to see their misery. They have lost everything and are forced to live without proper shelter and food. In some areas people even do not have clean drinking water. There were many women who have lost their husbands and even some have lost their children. Therefore, we only distributed money among those women who are very vulnerable, Haroon Samuel, a Christian social worker of Community Care Foundation said. There are thousands of people who need all sorts of help and support. “We hope we will be able to raise some more money to help these helpless people.”
In another village, Gormani, in the same district, a Christian group also distributed food parcels among Muslim people on Eid eve. “I helped the Christian group to distribute aid among 160 Muslim families, but there are hundreds more who need help,” Tamoor Ali, a Muslim social worker, told Minorities Concern of Pakistan.
Sooba Bhatti, a Christian from SHADE organization, Hyderabad, Sindh province, told MCP that “Our workers distributed cooked rice among 500 flood affected Muslims and Hindus in the districts of Dadu, Larkana , Jacababad , Jamshoro and Hyderabad on Eid day.
Muslims celebrate Eid-ul-Fiter to mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Aftab Alexander Mughal
Minorities Concern of Pakistan
Sept. 12, 2010