Four American Christians
All Praise for Pakistani Muslims
Four American Christians who
visited Pakistan last year and spent time in different parts
of the country have nothing but praise for the Pakistani
Muslims. During their stay they visited universities, colleges
and other institutions.
Dr. William Jackson who is involved in humanitarian work
in 17 different countries visited Pakistan during the worst
earthquake in its history. He visited not only Bala Koat
but several of the remote villages. Here you will find quotes
from his speech of January 29th at the “World Interfaith
Humanitarian Cooperation” event.
“Some people talk of what they can do — some
people just do it. Some people are in humanitarian business
— some are in the business of doing humanitarian activities.
to R): Sheila and Tom Thorkelson, Dr. William Jackson
and wife, and a view of the 2nd Interfaith Peace Conference
“I had the first hand,
eye witness opportunity to see the Saba Trust springing
into action, doing creative things, within a few days of
the Pakistan earthquake. They weren’t interested in
press release…or TV interviews…or being where
the TV cameras were…or photo ops. Among others activities,
they visited the areas where no one else was going.
“Deseret has committed to partnering with Saba to
provide eye care (cataract removal) for the people of Pakistan
and neighboring Afghanistan. The eye supplies for 1000 surgeries
(and 20,000 new school books for all ages) are on the way
to Pakistan to accomplish this mission — and —
if all goes well — this is just the first installment.
Deseret thinks it has the right partner. We invite all of
you to be part of this ongoing program which will change
lives for a lifetime.”
Tom Thorkelson and Sheila O’Leary-Thorkelson were
speakers at the Saba Trust World Interfaith Peace Conference
held in Islamabad in 2005. They have traveled extensively
and here are some of the quotes from the “World Interfaith
Humanitarian Cooperation” that was held here at the
Embassy Suites in Anaheim.
“It was a rich opportunity last April to be invited
to speak at an Interfaith Peace Conference in Islamabad.
We were surprised, however, as we traveled the country to
be met by significant crowds at universities and hospitals
expecting us to address them. During our two weeks in Pakistan,
we were able to observe the activities and humanitarian
services of the Saba Trust under the guidance of Saghir
Aslam. They were immediately impressive, and profoundly
“In our scripture we are told: ‘…I would
that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every
man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the
hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and ministering
to their relief, both spiritually and temporally.’
This is just what Saba Trust and Saghir Aslam are doing.
“In April when we visited Pakistan, we participated
and witnessed the care and involvement of Saba Trust….The
clothing given to those in need, the fresh water tap made
available outside his house to reduce the drinking impurities….In
Islamabad, we met a Christian pastor, in need. Through many
subsequent emails and introductions, Saba Trust was able
to supply this Christian shepherd with a computer, food
and clothing for his flock.
“I was honored to meet and talk with several Pakistani
women during our visit, sister to sister we spoke of cultural,
family and professional issues. Each time I parted from
the group, I felt a kindred spirit around us. And, so did
they. For that wonderful moment we bonded.
“When a family member, brother, mother, cousin or
grandparent is in need, as a family member we rush to help.
To assist that member, get them back on their feet. We do
not stop to calculate the cost to our self, but roll up
our sleeves and pitch in. when they are cold, we shelter
them, when they are hungry we feed them. We think very little
of helping them—after all that is what family does—we
LOVE one another. And this is what Saba Trust is doing.
“As a woman, a wife, a mother and a sister, I view
the world with female measurements. I would clothe, feed,
educate and love all that I meet. And for those that I cannot
touch, I ask others like you for assistance. This is what
Saghir Aslam and Saba Trust does.
“John Jones who was also a speaker at the “World
Interfaith Peace Conference” held in 2005. Here are
some of his quotes at the “World Interfaith Humanitarian
“This past April I was privilege to travel with my
family to Pakistan. A journey that opened my mind and helped
shape my understanding of the people of Pakistan and the
activities of Saba Trust. I was extremely impressed, Saghir
Aslam and Saba Trust a doing a fantastic job in remote villages.
“In our journey we visited mosques, schools and institutions
of higher learning. I met people with proud history and
culture. The Pakistanis were always quick to extend hands
in the most sincere friendship. And in this visit we had
the opportunity to share of our religion when asked, as
well as engage in political conversations. In those discussions
I found some of the most tolerant and understanding people
as I a foreigner would talk about issues that were of a
high degree of sensitivity to them.
“In many of those conversations I was able to talk
with my peers and found their desires to be similar to mine.
The desire to raise their family in the faith they espouse,
to have respectable jobs and opportunities to provide for
their families. But often as we traveled through Pakistan
many of the people desired to speak of religion knowing
we are Christians. And this turned out to be one of the
most rewarding experiences of my journey. The education
I received on Islam has opened my eyes to a religion that
is somewhat of a mystery to me and many other Westerners.
In my discussions I found Islam to be religion rich in the
tapestries of virtue and morality. And I have come to understand
from the examples of those whom we stayed with and interacted
with, there is an unquenchable devotion to the seeking to
truth and righteousness. From what I have read, the Qur’an
teaches tolerance and compassion through love and understanding.
Virtues like obedience to parents, avoidance of adultery,
cheating and lying, giving to those less fortunate, prayer
“And while those principles and virtues are similar
to most major religions we found them to be in everyday
practice by the people in Pakistan. This was never more
evident than in our visit to the Saba Trust. A program that
has been solely devised for the betterment of the poor and
to help the needy. Saghir Aslam the founder of the Saba
Trust is playing an important part in the lives of these
people. The time is soon arriving when those in my generation
will need to continue the message that he and his peers
have established. The message is not just one to each his
own, its dedication towards humanity. A commitment to make
this ever shrinking world better than he found it. Saghir
and those like him are doing this everyday through acts
of kindness and love.”