This blog was submitted by ICC representative Sylvia Thompson.
Sajidah Masih had worked alongside Muhammad Imran for years. The two farmhands were no strangers to the red-rimmed glare of the Pakistani sun and the back breaking pull of the plow. Although Muhammad was a Muslim and Sajida was a Christian, the proud mother still felt comfortable asking her coworker to help prepare and organize her son’s wedding.
When the day of matrimony arrived, Sajida was a ball of nerves. Her only prayer was for everything to go as planned–for her son to have the wedding he had always dreamed of. After vows were exchanged and rice was thrown, Sajida ordered her twelve-year-old daughter, Huma, to run outside and see if the wedding car had arrived. Huma nodded her head and skipped out of the church.
However, instead of finding a decorated wedding c ar, Huma saw Muhammad Imran staring at her from the back of a small motorbike. Immediately, the young girl’s arms broke out into a frenzy of goose bumps–something didn’t feel right. The Muslim man ordered Huma to get onto the back of his bike. Huma refused until Muhammad Imran wielded his gun–silently letting the Christian girl know that she didn’t have a choice. With shaking limbs and tear-filled eyes, Huma climbed onto the back of the motorbike and sped off.
When Sajida Masih found out what had happened, she immediately ran to the local police department–begging the apathetic officers to find her daughter. The callous policemen smirked at Sajidah and threw her case into the bottom of the basket– they were in no rush to help the Christian woman. Twelve-year-old Huma was eventually found, yet never returned. Muhammad Imran had forced the Christian girl to convert to Islam and marry him. Sajida Masih did everything she could to get her daughter back, but according to Islamic law Huma was now a married, Muslim woman. Please pray for little Huma and her family.