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Why is making new year resolutions important to you?
Helps me stay focused on my goals and vision in life
Helps me renew my spirit to improve myself and others
It's the tradition of the Prophet (pbuh) & successful people
Helps me evaluate my progress, success & failures
It is not piety, that you turn your faces to the east and to west, true piety is this: To believe in God, and the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, and the Prophets, to give one's substance, however cherished, to kinsmen, and orphans, the needy, the travelers, beggars, and to ransom the slave to perform the prayers, to pay the alms, they who fulfill their covenant when they engaged in a covenant and endure with fortitude misfortunes, hardships, and peril; these are they who are true in their faith, these are the truly God fearing. Quran 2:177.

Religious Minorities in Pakistan

Almost all of the 145 million citizens of Pakistan are Muslims. However, there are small but significant minorities in Pakistan as well. 1.5% are Christian, 1.5% are Ahmadis/Qadianis, Hindus, Zikris, followers of other faiths, or persons of no organized religion.

It is sad that some Pakistanis have taken their anger towards American bombing of Afghanistan to inflict pain and terror on Christians in Pakistan. According to Christian sources, about 70 Christians have been killed in Pakistan since 9/11. Whereas government has taken steps to safeguard churches and Christian properties, it is the duty of the majority community to assist Christians.

Prophet Muhammad who established a religiously diverse state in Madinah said this about the Christians of Najran:

"Najran has the protection of God and the pledges of Muhammad, the Prophet, to protect their (the Christians') lives, faith, land, property, those who are absent and those who are present, and their clan and allies. They need not change anything of their past customs. No right of theirs or their religion shall be altered. No bishop, monk or church guard shall be removed from his position."

The Problem

Pakistanis and the Religious minorities in Pakistan - Abdul Malik Mujahid
Insufficient protection of religious minorities - Amnesty International

Muslims & Christians

Muslim-Christian Relations, The Good, the Bad
Christmas in the Muslim Countries
Treating Christmas with Respect

Towards Peace

Talking To Your Children About Tolerance
Building A Culture Of Peace & Nonviolence: What You Can Do
Did We Think??? - Uzma Mazhar
Hate Violence and Hate Crimes - Uzma Mazhar


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