n 1981 a Catholic nun from Singapore began writing letters to a female inmate on death row. It became an exchange that would last seven years. The nun was Sister Gerard Fernandez and the prisoner Tan Mui Choo, a former student of hers who had been sentenced to death over one of the most brutal murders the country had ever seen.
She knew her as Catherine, a “sweet, simple girl” who came from a devout family and attended convent school.
Tan, along with her husband Adrian Lim and his mistress Hoe Kah Hong, were convicted of the ritualistic killing of two young children…more bbc
Warning: this story is about death. You might want to click away now.That’s because, researchers say, our brains do their best to keep us from dwelling on our inevitable demise. A study found that the brain shields us from existential fear by categorising death as an unfortunate event that only befalls other people.
“The brain does not accept that death is related to us,” said Yair Dor-Ziderman, ”…more: theguardian
Allaah, (God) The Most Merciful and Mighty , said ( which means):”No! When the soul has reached the collar bones.And it is said, “Who will cure [him]?”And the dying one is certain that it is the [time of] separation.And the leg is wound about the leg,To your Lord, that Day, will be the procession.And the disbeliever had not believed, nor had he prayed.But [instead], he denied and turned away. And then he went to his people, swaggering [in pride].” Read and listen to the whole chapter: Surat Al-Qiy?mah (The Resurrection)
Umm Salamah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Good works protect from evil fates. Charity in secret extinguishes the wrath of the Lord, maintaining family ties increases life span, and every good deed is charity. The people of good in the world are the people of good in the Hereafter, and the people of evil in the world are the people of evil in the Hereafter. And the first to enter Paradise are the people of good.”Source: al-Mu’jam al-Awsaṭ 6252 Grade: Sahih (authentic)
Six months have passed since Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never came out.
Every new gruesome detail of the pop-up abattoir that Khashoggi strode into – and there are more to come – of the Tiger Squad that organised his and other dissidents’ deaths, of the cover up and the denials, has deepened the crisis for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who is believed to have ordered Khashoggi’s killing…..MORE: middleeasteye.net
Hundreds of people protested in Sudan’s city of Omdurman on Monday, chanting “the people want the fall of the regime”, witnesses said, after the family of a man shot at an anti-government protest last week said he had died of his wounds.
Sudan has been shaken by near-daily demonstrations for over a month. They were set off by a worsening economic crisis, but quickly turned into growing calls for an end to President Omar al-Bashir’s three-decade rule….more: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/
It’s awkward to find yourself in a police state interviewing people about their leader’s penchant for starving children, torturing women or dismembering critics. The result is nervous smiles. And long pauses in the conversation. It’s sad because on this visit, I found Saudi Arabia truly is changing under Crown Prince ..more:NYT
…The trial of the cleric, Salman al-Awda, comes after a yearlong crackdown by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s day-to-day ruler, that has seen dozens of clerics, activists, princes and businessmen arrested and detained on often vague charges…NYTIMES
Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, left, sits next to public defense attorney Aleks Kostich at a first appearance in New Mexico state district court in Taos, N.M., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, on accusations of child abuse and abducting his son from the boy’s mother. Authorities were waiting to learn if human remains found at a disheveled living compound were those of Wahhaj’s missing son. ..more: ajc