Personally, I’m so sick and tired of hearing how Islam is a “religion of peace” and how it is tolerant and all the taqiyya nonsense it spews. Last year, Pamela Geller covered Asia Bibi’s plea to Pope Francis as she sits on death row, awaiting to be hanged for insulting Muhammad, and her insult was even greater than that of Charlie Hebdo.
Asia Bibi is in Pakistan and under Sharia law, she was convicted of the crime of blasphemy and sentenced to be hanged in 2010. She is a wife and also a mother to five children who desperately want their mother to come home.
In the CNN report below, you can hear the report of how she came to be where she is. She is a Christian, and because of that, when she offered water to Muslim workers, who were working in a berry field in Itan Wali, they called her unclean. She allegedly responded, “Your Muhammad had worms in his mouth before he died.” That’s a crude way of saying that Muhammad was a false prophet, which he was.
In watching the report, you will notice that all of the men in it, who are allegedly from her home town, are in agreement with her sentence. Likewise, one of the imams claimed to have “cried tears of joy” at the news of her death sentence.
In November, Asia made a plea to her supporters in an open letter.
‘You are my only hope of staying alive in this dungeon, so please don’t abandon me,’ she said. ‘I did not commit blasphemy.’
Bibi’s defense attorney Saiful Malook said that he filed the woman’s final appeal to the Supreme Court in Pakistan.
The Daily Mail reports:
He said that in the petition his client has asked the court to reconsider deficiencies in the case including allegedly manipulated evidence and a delay between the time of the incident and its investigation by police.
Mr Malook added that the blasphemy allegation was concocted by Bibi’s enemies to target her and had no basis in fact.
‘We expect an early hearing of the appeal and hope that the proceedings will be over in one year,’ he added.
The legal challenge is in addition to a personal plea from Bibi’s husband Ashiq Masih to Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain asking for her to be pardoned and allowed to move to France.
Masih penned this open letter in the New York Times in November:
Yesterday, I returned from the prison in Multan where my wife, Asia Bibi, was transferred eight months ago. Since Asia was sentenced to death in November 2010 for drinking a glass of water from our village well, my family has lived in constant fear and under death threats. I live in hiding with my five children as near as possible to Asia. She needs us very much to help keep her alive, to bring her medicine and good food when she is sick.
After my wife had spent four long years in prison in terrible conditions, we were hoping that the High Court of Lahore would free my wife. She did not commit blasphemy, never. Since the court confirmed the death sentence on the 16th of October, we do not understand why our country, our beloved Pakistan, is so against us. Our family has always lived here in peace, and we never had any disturbance. We are Christians but we respect Islam. Our neighbors are Muslims and we have always lived well with them in our little village. But for some years now the situation in Pakistan has changed because of just a few people, and we are afraid. Today many of our Muslim friends cannot understand why the Pakistani justice system is making our family suffer so much.
We are now trying our best to present the final case to the Supreme Court before the 4th of December. But we are convinced that Asia will only be saved from being hanged if the venerable President Mammon Hussain grants her a pardon. No one should be killed for drinking a glass of water.
My five children and I have only survived thanks to the protection of a few faithful friends who risk their lives daily to help us. We are the husband and family of Asia Bibi and many people want us to die. Thanks to our friend Anne-Isabelle Tollet, who has become our sister and helped us for four years now, we speak often about what is happening in Paris and the world to help save Asia. Hearing that people are supporting Asia from so far away is so important for us. It helps us to hold on. Every time I visit Asia in prison I tell her the news. Sometimes it gives her the courage to keep going.
Just before taking the ten-hour journey to visit Asia, I learned the wonderful news that Paris is offering to welcome Asia and our family to Paris if she is freed. This is a huge honor and we are very humbled. I would like to offer my sincere thanks to you, Madam Mayor of Paris, and to say that we are immensely grateful for your concern. I hope that one day we will visit you alive, and not dead.
When I visited Asia Bibi yesterday she asked me to give you this message:
“My prison cell has no windows and day and night are the same to me, but if I am still holding on today it is thanks to everyone who is trying to help me. When my husband showed me the photographs of people I have never met drinking a glass of water for me, my heart overflowed. Ashiq told me that the city of Paris is offering to welcome our family. I send my deepest thanks to you Madam Mayor, and to all the kind people of Paris and across the world. You are my only hope of staying alive in this dungeon, so please don’t abandon me. I did not commit blasphemy.”
Pakistan, 17th of November 2014
One would be hopeful that if the people of France get wind of Bibi’s situation that they would also take to the streets in solidarity and call for her immediate release, and like France did concerning Christians who were persecuted in Iraq by the Islamic State, would welcome Bibi into their country with open arms.
You can help as well. Voice of the Martyrs is collecting signatures for a petition calling for the immediate release of Asia Bibi and a dismissal of the charges and reversal of the death sentence imposed upon her. The petition also requests mercy to be shown her and that she be set free and returned to her husband and children. I signed it. Won’t you take a moment and sign the petition?