Wednesday, January 05, 2011

What if You Died and No Cleric Would Lead Your Funeral?

The Press Trust of India reported the following today:

by STAFF WRITER 17:5 HRS IST
M Zulqernain

Lahore, Jan 5 (PTI)
Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer, who was assassinated by his extremist bodyguard for opposing the controversial blasphemy law, was laid to rest with full state honours in this eastern Pakistani city today amid tight security.

Tasser, 66, who was gunned down at a posh market in the heart of Islamabad yesterday, was buried at the Cavalry Ground graveyard here.

The funeral prayer at the Governor's House, scheduled for 1 pm local time, was delayed by almost an hour as several clerics reportedly refused to lead it following a call by an influential Islamic body.

Afzal Chishti, a leader of the ulema (clerics) wing of the ruling PPP led the 'namaz-e-janaza' or funeral prayer.

The imam of Lahore's Shahi Masjid and the cleric of the mosque at Governor's House refused to lead the prayer, sources said.
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 The tension both within Islam and between religions is definitely growing around the world.  As Christians, I believe we have no choice but to seriously accept the fact that only Christ's return can set things right.  But that does not mean, lying down and playing dead.  We must still proclaim His Gosple wherever we are sent.  Thanks for checking us out.

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