CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 11 November 2017

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Young Christian singer impresses with Eid song

Lahore (UCAN): As Muslims around the world celebrated Eid al-Fitr, a young Pakistani Christian, Ammon Alishah, made waves in the country with his special Eid song.

The song, Eid ke nazare (Scenes of Eid) was composed by Alishah’s father, a pastor. The video, now on YouTube, was filmed in Karachi and Sukkur. 

“This is my first official song and I wanted to release it on the eve of Eid,” Alishah said.

“My father wrote it several years ago,” the student explained. “We wanted to pay tribute to our Muslim brothers and sisters because we are one.”

Church leaders say this is the first time a Christian singer has recorded a song for the Muslim festival.

The provincial Sindh Government Press Information shared the song on its WhatsApp messaging group, Rapid News, which reaches more than 100 government officers, politicians and media workers.

“Our country is marked by violence and terrorism; this is depressing for everyone … so this is an effort to make a difference,” Alishah said.

Muslims have also shared positive comments about the song on social media. “Keep up the good work,” posted Shehzad Chandia, a Facebook user.

Aleem Khan, information officer of the Pakistan People Party, which rules Sindh province, said he shared the song.

The song is a “wonderful example of interfaith harmony. A Christian Pakistani youth paying tribute to Muslim world on Eid is rare. Such messages of peace are vital in this current atmosphere of anarchy,” Kahn said.

Pakistan has been facing an increase in extremism with artists and singers demanding security after Amjad Farid, a famous Sufi singer, was shot dead last month in Karachi (Sunday Examiner, July 10).

Bishop Samson Shukardin, from Hyderabad, also expressed his appreciation for the song. “Many Muslim singers record psalms and hymns, but Christians generally feel hesitant singing Islamic songs,” he said. 

“But it is actually very good for interfaith harmony,” he noted.

“We urge our people to participate in each other’s religious festivals,” he said. “Spending time together, sharing each other’s happiness and sorrow, can help to achieve many things.”

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