I’m sure everyone remembers Ahmed Mohammed, the clock boy. Does everyone also remember the furor it caused in the pious Muslim circles? Sure, it was pretty ridiculous of the authorities to nab him from his school in the US and it was fairly stupid of them to mistake a homemade clock for a bomb but I do remember the self-righteous outrage in the circles that generally wouldn’t do this ‘please share to spread awareness’ kind of thing if the subject was Naveed Rafique.
Who is Naveed Rafique you ask?
He is a 13-year-old boy from Jaranwala, Punjab. Naveed was a position holder in his previous classes and on March 29, when he wanted to sit for an Islamic Studies exam in his school, the exam superintendent told him he couldn’t recite the verses without wuzu or ablution. Naveed did not know how to perform ablution.
Naveed Rafique, you see, is Christian.