Wednesday, November 11, 2009

another life to celebrate on Veterans Day

John 15:13 says "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."

May God bless the efforts of this hero-- who laid down his life, for others of a different faith, in a war of sorts against terrorism and backward elements of a fundamentalist faith...

From CNN.com...

Life is slowly getting back to normal at the women's campus of Islamabad's International Islamic University....Barely three weeks ago, this quiet place of learning was the scene of a nightmare. On October 20, two suicide bombers launched near simultaneous attacks on both the men's and women's side of the campus.

Afsheen Zafar, 20, is in mourning. Three of her classmates, girls she describes as "shining stars," were killed on that terrible day. Still, she says the carnage could have been much worse if not for the actions of a lowly janitor, who was also killed....

The janitor's name was Pervaiz Masih. According to eyewitness accounts, the attacker approached disguised in women's clothing. He shot the guard on duty, and then approached the cafeteria, which was packed with hundreds of female students.

Masih intercepted the bomber in the doorway, however, and the bomber self-detonated right outside the crowded hall, spraying many of his explosive vest's arsenal of ball bearings out into the parking lot instead of into the cafeteria....

"Between 300 to 400 girls were sitting in there," said Professor Fateh Muhammad Malik, the rector of the university. "[Pervez Masih] rose above the barriers of caste, creed and sectarian terrorism. Despite being a Christian, he sacrificed his life to save the Muslim girls."

When the attacker struck, Masih had been on the job for less than a week, earning barely $60 a month....The Islamic University offered to give Diya a free education and employ Masih's widow, Shaheen Pervaiz. Meanwhile, the Pakistani government has promised to award Masih's family 1 million rupees (about $12,000) for his bravery....

1 Comments:

At November 12, 2009 at 9:43 AM , Blogger PianoMom said...

Brings tears to the eyes.

An incredible demonstration of the ultimate sacrificial love of Jesus Christ on the part of Mr Masih.
This story has blessed me. thanks for sharing.

 

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