To: HRH King Abdullah bin Abd al-‘Aziz Al Saud
February 21, 2008
HRH King Abdullah bin Abd al-‘Aziz Al Saud
Your Royal Highness,
Al-hamdu lillahi rabbi-il ‘alamin
All praise is due to God alone, the Sustainer of all the worlds.
We are citizens of many countries appealing to you on behalf of Fawza Falih Mumammad Ali who has been sentenced to death by beheading for the alleged crimes of “witchcraft, recourse to jinn, and slaughter” of animals. The conviction of Fawza Falih for “witchcraft” is a travesty of justice.
Your Highness, we appeal to your devotion to Allah as the greatest judge of all. In the seventh chapter of the Qur’an it is God who tells us “My mercy encompasses all,” a mercy which bestows profound peace and infinite love. Is it not the principle of divine compassion that rules the heart in Islam?
Surely it is the wisdom of God who is, as so many of the verses of the Qur’an teach, much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace, which must inspire mercy for Fawza Falih, and it is you who embodies that compassion in this realm where the least of humanity most needs your protection.
In the name of God, please, halt the execution of Fawza Falih immediately and release her from the Quraiyat Prison.
Rev. P. W. Curott, J.D., Assembly of World Religious Leaders
Mike Mohamed Ghouse, President, World Muslim Congress
Rabbi Michael Lerner, Editor of Tikkun Magazine, Chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives
Gregory Gomez, Apache, Spiritual Leader
Sheila Musaji, Editor, The American Muslim
Ellen Evert Hopman M.Ed. Author
Elliott Dlin, Executive Director, Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance
Dr. Sushil Jain, President, Jain Society of Metro Washington & Secretary, Federation of Jain Associations in North America.
Ervad Ratansha Vakil - Zoroastrian Priest - Dallas, Texas, USA
Ashok Aklujkar, Hindu Community, Professor Emeritus, Vancouver, Canada
Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Director, Faith Voices for the Common Good, Visiting Scholar, Starr King School for the Ministry
Rev. Dr. Todd A. Collier, Presbyterian Minister
Rev. Dr. Kevin D. Huddleston, Episcopal Priest
Rev. Darrell E. Berger, Unitarian Universalist
Noor-ul Amin Ali Son of Jaffer Ali, Pakistan Karachi, Shia Ismaili Muslim
Naresh R. Shah, Jain Community, Nitro, WV 25143
Rev. S. M. Fox, President, Greater Madison Interreligious Association, Assembly of World Religious Leaders
Marylou Ghyst, Unity Church, Texas
CNN report on case http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2008/02/15/verjee.saudi.witchcraft.cnn
Human rights news http://hrw.org/english/docs/2008/02/14/saudia18051.htm
HRW letter to King Abdullah http://hrw.org/english/docs/2008/02/13/saudia18046.htm
BBC article http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7244579.stm