Watch: Muslim villagers donate money to build church for their Christian neighbors in Pakistan

  • Residents of Khaksabad village in Pakistan are donating money to fund the building of a new mud chapel for the Christian community in the area
  • Previous church in the village was swept away by the monsoon rains, leaving the Christians without any place for worship
  • A local said all in the village lived together in peace, loving one another and attending each other’s weddings and festivals

KHAKSABAD, Pakistan – Proving that people of different religion can coexist peacefully, Muslims from a village in Pakistan is pooling funds in order to build a new church for their Christian neighbors, six years after Christian community was attacked by mobs in the area.

Loulla-Mae Eleftherious-Smith mentioned in her article for Independent published on June 13 that residents of Khaksabad village in Pakistan are donating money to fund the building of a new mud chapel for the Christian community in the area.

Reports said the previous church in the village was swept away by the monsoon rains, leaving the Christians without any place for worship.

“I learnt about the project in a community meeting last month,” said Dilawar Hussain, a Muslim shopkeeper in the village.

“A church is also a house of Allah; praying is what matters. We worship the same God,” he added.

For the goal, the villagers had contributed funds, like one farmer giving 2,000 rupees ($19) towards the project, while local business owners like Hussain have donated 10,000 rupees ($96) and as others gave up to 30,000 rupees ($287).

“After local riots we are trying to bring people together even more,” said villager Ijaz Farooq as shown in a report by BBC News.

“We have increased our activity so we don’t have to face something like that. By building this church we want to show that we are united as a community,” he said.

Faryal Masih, a Christian villager who grew up in the community, said that he remembered since childhood, all in the village lived together in peace, loving one another and attending each other’s weddings and festivals.

“We are together in times of happiness and grief. I pray that we never have to go through what happened in Gojra ever,” Masih said.

In 2009, religious mobs attacked the houses of known Christians living in Gojra, leaving 10 people dead. Seven people were burned alive in their houses and four churches were destroyed in nearby villages.

“At first I didn’t believe it when Muslim community leaders said they would build us a chapel,” said Faryad Masih, a Christian laborer.

“But to my surprise, construction work began within one month of the initial announcement. Our community’s longtime dream is now coming true,” he added.

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