Saudi Woman Converts to Christianity

A 28 year-old Saudi woman has decided to become Christian after she was convinced by Lebanese coworker to join the Christian religion. Saudi woman who is named Mariam left Saudi Arabia. The Lebanese Coworker along with Saudi man Helped Mariam to go to Bahrain then to Lebanon. The family of the girl is now suing the 2 guys in Saudi Arabia accusing them of misleading and deceiving their daughter.

Mariam appeared in video on youtube religious channel called   talking about how god showed her that Christianity is the right religion in her dreams. She says” I have asked god to show me the truth in my dreams and within a week  god showed me that Jesus is his son , if you are uncertain about your religion, if you feel lost, ask god to guide you and he will”

The above video shows Mariam talking to guy who was also Muslim and converted to Christianity. The video is in Arabic with no English subtitles.

Saudi twitter users have created 2 hashtags to talk about it  ‎#لبناني_ينصر_فتاة_سعودية‏ ‎#مريم_السعودية

Saudi people seems to be very angry and blaming that mix working environment, meaning both men and women working at the same place was the reason why she became christian and some has blamed it on her parents for not rising her well. Other people have accused her of being Shiite.  Some Saudis wrote in twitter that they want the Saudi gov to drag her back to Saudi Arabia and charge her with crime of apostasy. Yes, choosing a different religion that is not Islam is considered a crime in Saudi Arabia, and if a person proven that  she or he has left Islam, she/ or he will be facing death plenty after giving three chances to return back to Islam.

If Mariam brought back by the Saudi government, she will be charged for apostasy, and she will be given 3 chances to return to Islam, if she didn’t she will face death plenty,  in other term ” beheading”.

Mariam is not the first Saudi woman who converted to Christianity, Fatima Al Mutairi is believed to be murdered by her religious Muslim brother. It is believed that her brother has burnt her alive. I personally has read some of what she wrote back in 2008 in religious christian website, Fatima has never left Saudi Arabia. She was murdered by her brother. The Lebanese christian channels and website are the only one who reacted when they found out she was murdered. Very few Saudis know about Fatima Al Mutairi.  The website where Fatimah use to write is blocked. Unfortunately I lost the link but you can google the story of Fatimah.

Saudi online newspaper http://www.news-sa.com/snews/4780-2012-07-25-07-21-40.html

I am very sure now after I publish this post Saudis will accuse me of encouraging people to convert to Christianity or would say I’m not a muslim. Just so you know I’m Muslim, but I don’t hate other people just because they read from different book.

”My choice is what i chose to do;
and if I’m causin no harm,
it shouldn’t bother you.
Your choice is who you chose to be;
and if your causin to harm, then your alright with me.”

Ben Harper

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4 months in Jail & 90 lashes for kissing unrelated woman!

According to Saudi newsletters, Saudi young guys ” a man and 2 ladies ” were caught doing inappropriate movements in the mall, later  the young man got  caught while  kissing and hugging one of the ladies in the mall’s surveillance cameras. The security contacted the religious police to take an action. Shalikh Al Besher said that they man was charged for 4 months in Jail with 90 lashes in Qatife court. The 2 ladies is going to face the charges in Dammam court since they live there.

Those young couple  who got caught kissing   probably didn’t expect the surveillance camera in  a coffee shop!
4 months and 90 lashes is not a harsh punishment compared with the lady who is probably going to face a life time punishment. The charges or the punishment of being with unrelated man/woman is equal BUT  the not so lucky lady is going to face  not only the court-house,  but her family and the society.

In Saudi culture, it’s not acceptable for woman to date, woman who dishonor her family might be killed or left in jail for the rest of her life, she can’t get out of jail unless her father, brother or a male relative signed a consent and picked her up him self.

However, in Saudi a lot of female prisoners stay there because their families abandoned them for a mistake the made when they were teens like 12 years old or so! I remember when I was in the 8th grade they bring female jailor to give advises and tell stories that would make teen girls think twice before going out with a man!

A typical Saudi man who dated girls or had premarital sex will do his time and then will go out of jail, get a job and probably get marry and have kids, but for the ” not-so-lucky woman” its probably her last kiss and more likely that she will face life time sentence since she dishonored her family!

http://www.alyaum.com/issue/article.php?IN=13509&I=764587

http://el-wasat.com/portal/News-55587115.html