A Pakistani Christian man has reportedly been arrested on charges of blasphemy after a Muslim man accused him of insulting the Muslim prophet when asking to be paid for a bicycle that he had repaired last week.
Ishfaq Masih, a 23-year-old father of a 2-year-old baby who runs a repair shop in the Green Town area of Lahore, was accused last Thursday of insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad and could face the death penalty if convicted of the serious charge, Morning Star News reported.
Mahmood Masih, Ishfaq’s brother, told the Christian persecution website that the blasphemy allegation stems from an argument that his brother had with a Muslim man named Mohammad Irfan after Irfan tried to weasel out of paying for the costs of a bike that Masih had repaired.
Masih explained to Morning Star News that Irfan told his brother that he could not demand money from a “Mirasi.”
According to the Israeli news outlet Arutz Sheva, which learned of the case through the Pakistani Center for Law and Justice, the Muslim man told Masih: “I am a Sadhu (Indian word meaning religious ascetic) person and you should have to give me free services.”
However, Masih reportedly responded by saying: “I only believe in Jesus Christ not others, so please give me the payment since I repaired your bicycle.”
“During the argument, Irfan said that he obeys only one master, Prophet Muhammad, to which Ishfaq said that he was a Christian and his faith ends at Christ,” Mahmood Masih explained. “Upon hearing this, Irfan raised a clamor that Ishfaq had blasphemed against Muhammad. Soon a mob gathered at the spot, and someone called the police, who took Ishfaq into custody.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith