Is this a prize paid by Yousuf Yohana to play in Pakistan cricket team. John Bosco
24 Sep 2005
This is very shocking news for the entire cricket fans that one of Pakistan's star batsman converted to Islam? This might be joyful for the Pakistani cricket team but it is very sad for the Pakistani Christians and Christians all over the world who prayed day and night for his success, and when ever he played, many cricket lovers had fasting for his success.
One is surprised what are the reasons behind his conversion? Was he threatened by the team or close friends that this is the only way he could survive in Pakistan team and may be he would get a chance to take over as a captain in Pakistani team in future.
In this regard Zee News reported last time that:
Zee News Lahore, Apr 03:
Is Saeed Anwar trying to convert Yousuf Youhana?
"Lahore, Apr 03: Is former Pakistani opener Saeed Anwar trying to convert the team's vice-captain Yousuf Youhana?
Pakistani media reports claim the stylish former opener is coaxing Youhana, a Christian, to embrace Islam and that has spawned large-scale debate in the country." Unquote
I am very impressed the comments given by Brig (retd) Saulat Raza
"The Daily Times quotes Brig (Retired) Saulat Raza, a veteran of the inter-services public relations and author of a number of books on Pakistan military academy, opining Anwar's mission conversion is in fact tarnishing the country's image.
Youhana, representing a country with overwhelming Muslim majority has been great for the country's image and it s all the more valuable at a time when the Muslim credentials in this respect are openly questioned around the world, argues Raza.
The news of Youhana's probable conversion could not have come at a worse time, he rues.
The vernacular press will celebrate, the world paparazzi will seize the opportunity and the detractors will grab the chance with both hands and paint Pakistan as a nation in which even the vice-captain of the national cricket team does not have the freedom of conscience, he laments.
It s not merely a question of keeping the non-Muslim minority only for the sake of a better image and even that does not ensure a change in the view of the world outside, the report says.
With Dinesh Kaneria, another non-Muslim warming up in the fringe, a multi-religious Pakistan team would get better international media coverage and more importantly, it would convey the message that we are not as fanatic as made out to be, said a reader. ." Unquote
The question is debatable why Saeed Anwar is trying to convert Youhana to Islam? Who would be Saeed Anwar's next target? What about Danish Kaneria? I believe this is really a shame for Pakistani that President Musharaf is trying his best to tell the world that minorities have equal rights and they are safe and secure. Nevertheless, this incident created mystery for the world and Christians all over Pakistan knew that Youhana was 100% faithful to Christianity, and he was true and practical Christian, who never felt ashamed in front of media whenever he made 50 & 100 runs, he always crossed.
The question arises whether his cricket future dependent on conversion? My message to Yousuf Youhana - God blessed you while you were Christian and if you think that you would be captain or vice captain then shame on you. You changed your religion because of success? I believe like me there are thousands of other Christians who are disappointed for this action.