ETMBA Church worships without loudspeakers. By Jawad Mazhar
21 Aug 2007
On July 8th, 2007 New Satellite Town Police Sargodha warned 'End Time Messages Believers Assembly' (ETMBA) Pastor Rev Irshad Masih to switch off loudspeakers. Therefore worship had to go without speakers for 5 days. This was the consequence of a report registered in New Satellite Town Police Station by three Muslim residents of Gunianwala (Chak # 43 NB) Sargodha, Pakistan.
According to Pastor Rev Irshad Masih, three (03) Muslim men had filed a report against the usage of loudspeakers during the praise and worship at the Church. Pastor Irshad
Said "This place was granted for the construction of church by then Assistant Commissioner of Sargodha Mr Ghazanfar Zia Chaudhary in 1986" This place was used to keep animals by Muhammad Fayyaz, before the construction of church. Construction of the church was the actual reason behind the genesis of face-off between Rev Irshad and the Muslims. Since then the irritation had been simmering within the hearts of Muslim residents of Gunianwala especially Muhammad Fayyaz. Religious Muslim fanatics of Gunianwala dismantled the loudspeakers twice in past four (4) years. Once a charged Muslim youth Muhammad Adil mounted on the roof of Church and hurled down the loudspeakers, causing them severe damage. So the poor church members had to repair the speakers. In an other unpleasant incident Muhammad Fayyaz deracinated the water filter of church's hand pump and put away secretly in his house. When asked, Muhammad Fayyaz took false oath on the Holy Quran saying that he does not know anything about the water filter. The water filter was afterwards recovered from his house.
Visit from a guest Evangelist Rev John Masih actually triggered the Muslim residents namely Ghulam Abbas, Mubarak Ali, Pervaiz Cheema and Muhammad Fayyaz to file a report against the usage of loudspeakers by Rev Irshad. After registration of complaint against Rev Irshad police visited him and directed Rev Irshad to switch off the loudspeaker. Moreover police warned Rev Irshad to avoid using loudspeakers in the future Pastor Rev Irshad Masih told ROD that it is totally unimaginable to turnoff the loudspeakers of a mosque (Muslims' prayer place). He said that we are equally loyal citizens of Pakistan therefore the loudspeakers should go on during the praise and prayer in the Churches as well, without any discrimination.