Singer Ammon Alishah in a still image from his music video made for his song "Eid ke nazare" (Scenes of Eid) which was composed by his father, a pastor. (YouTube screen grab)
As Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a Christian youth is making waves in Pakistan with his special Eid song.
The song, "Eid ke nazare" (Scenes of Eid) is sung by Ammon Alishah and was composed by his father, a pastor.
The video, now on YouTube, was filmed in Karachi and Sukkur cities. Church leaders say this is the first time a Christian singer has made a song for the Muslim festival.
"My father wrote it several years ago," Ammon, a student, told ucanews.com. "We wanted to pay tribute to our Muslim brothers and sisters because we are one," he said.
"This is my first official song and I wanted to release it on the eve of Eid," he continued. "Our country is marked by violence and terrorism; this is depressing for everyone … so this is an effort to make a difference."
Watch Ammon's video here:
The provincial Sindh Government Press Information shared the song on its Whatsapp group, "Rapid News" which goes to more than 100 government officers, politicians and media workers.
Muslims have also shared positive comments about it 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 southern Pakistan's 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 Talibanization and extremism over the past decade. Pakistani artists and singers are demanding security after a famous Sufi singer was shot dead last month in Karachi.
Bishop Samson Shukardin of Hyderabad, who spent this Eid visiting his Muslim friends, also appreciated the song. "Many Muslim singers record Psalms and hymns but Christians generally feel hesitant singing Islamic songs," Bishop Shukardin said. "But it's actually very good for interfaith harmony," said the bishop.
"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."