Published on March 13th, 2017
“Blasphemy laws” in Pakistan say that no one may say anything against Islam or damage the Quran. (Islam is the religion of Muslims, and the Quran is the Muslim holy book.) It’s against the law to even damage any pages from the Quran.
Solomon, a 6-year-old boy in Pakistan is now an orphan because of the blasphemy laws. His Christian parents were accused of handling a Quran in a disrespectful way.
“My Faith Keeps Me Going”
It’s hard to tell exactly what happened on the day Solomon parents were accused. Different people have told different stories. According to Solomon’s uncle, Solomon’s parents were cleaning a house for a relative when Solomon’s mother threw away some papers. Like more than 60 percent of the women in Pakistan, Solomon’s mother could not read. So, she didn’t know that the papers contained Muslim writings.
A garbage collector told others what he found in the trash. Radical Muslims heard what happened, and they beat up Solomon’s parents. Sadly, they died from their injuries. Solomon and his two siblings now live with their grandfather. Sometimes, Solomon says to his grandfather, “When I’m older, I will kill the Muslims who did it.”
His grandfather answers, “You mustn’t say that. We need to trust God. He will fight for us.”
Solomon’s grandfather also said, “I am not angry with God. I know it was not His own design. It is not God who did this horrible act but people. My faith keeps me going. I have confidence that He will deliver justice in the end.”
(Source: SDOK, The Voice of the Martyrs’ sister mission in the Netherlands. Edited for length, clarity, and age-appropriateness.)