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Muslims in Sri Lanka have been asked to conduct special prayers in mosques seeking Allah’s mercy to rescue Rizana Nafeek, who has been sentenced to death, from the hands of the executioner.

We have requested the 1.5 million Muslims spread throughout the country to conduct special prayers to save Nafeek from the gallows,” Alavi Moulana, governor of the island’s western province, told Arab News from Colombo Saturday. “The only thing common among the Muslims all over the world is prayer and submission to the will of Allah the Almighty,” the governor said.

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made an appeal to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for clemency to Nafeek. Moulana said he met with the president on Friday evening before the president’s departure to China and Rajapaksa had told him that the appeal had reached the Saudi Royal Court, according to information he received from the Sri Lankan mission in Riyadh.

“Our president was courteous enough to appeal for clemency to the young Nafeek who was arrested on May 25, 2005 and since then has been languishing in jail,” Moulana said. Moulana, who will lead this year’s Haj delegation, said the 5,500 pilgrims from Colombo would make a special offering at the Mount Arafat during the performance of Haj rituals for the sake of this maid. He also said that the government of Sri Lanka respects the laws and regulations of the Saudi government.

“We know well the country’s judicial verdicts should be respected by all those who are governed by them,” he said, requesting the parents of the deceased infant should show mercy on this young girl who had come here to improve her family’s condition back home.

The governor also said there are over 500,000 Sri Lankan workers in the Kingdom, which has the largest concentration of its workers in the Middle East. “We have no serious labor problems among them,” he said. “Most of them are resolved following negotiations and those unsuccessful deals end up in repatriating the worker at the expense of the government.”

Basil Fernando, director of the Hong-Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission, which funded Nafeek’s appeal, said his organization is seriously concerned about the sentence. He urged the Sri Lankan mission in Riyadh to explore avenues that can reach the affected family to solicit a pardon from the father of the deceased infant.

He appreciated the mission’s efforts to hand the appeal letter from the Sri Lankan president to the Foreign Ministry in Riyadh without loss of time and for other diplomatic moves made toward this direction. However, he added that any move to hold direct talks with the victim’s father would be highly appreciable. (Arab News)

  Comments - 29

  • gUL fERNANDO Sunday, 31 October 2010 09:23 AM

    Mr Faqi the god's action starts at the end of huma effort, now this poor lady is in the similar status. Only a mirecal could save her life and which we call as god blessing.

    Lankan Patriot Monday, 01 November 2010 08:32 AM

    Thank you Shan and hats off to you! She is a Sri Lankan and we all as Lankans want this girl to be saved from the Great Injustice by the Saudi legal system!

    Hash Monday, 01 November 2010 08:02 AM

    My only question is that didn't parents of this girl knew she is underaged when she was sent abroad?

    knight rider Monday, 01 November 2010 07:10 AM

    Was the Employment Agency aware of the actual age ? if so they should also be sent to the gallows instead of the girl.

    mirage Monday, 01 November 2010 07:04 AM

    Please use some commonsense regarding this issue rather than bringing all religions to here. Guys please think some thing we can do to save this poor girl…

    Lalindra Monday, 01 November 2010 02:54 AM

    what to pray?
    This is their law!

    dIREsTRAITS Monday, 01 November 2010 02:38 AM

    Atheist fundamentalist! so you have found the truth? wow how intelligent you are to have been born in this special century where no one else should have a different point of view to your own.

    naser kuwait Sunday, 31 October 2010 08:18 PM

    Dear All,

    To pray all to save this poor girl Rizana.

    Nazi Sunday, 31 October 2010 02:31 PM

    Anyone can pray for her release but remember there is a will of god and that cannot be changed. What is wrong here is Mr Moulana is playing his usual politics.

    Samanala Kanda Sunday, 31 October 2010 01:05 PM

    Dear All,
    This is a lesson for everyone for future reference. We don't know the circumstances surrounding the death of that child in Saudi Arabia, which led to the current situation.

    1. I presume Rizana was 17 when she left Sri Lanka - she also must have knew that her passport was changed to a different age (17 is good enough to people to know truth from a lie). - She has done something wrong although it appears very mild she has to pay with her life

    Gayal Sunday, 31 October 2010 01:03 PM

    May the noble triple gem bless you and take you to a safe heaven. Buddhist prayers are also with you.

    Robin Sunday, 31 October 2010 10:27 AM

    Fuqi - This is not a place to show your "atheism", If you could go find your "humans" to save this girl.

    Tafique Sunday, 31 October 2010 09:52 AM

    God and Religeon are to direct the people in the correct way
    But the human define some laws and direct the people to execute
    Who did give permission to human to kill another human?

    mich Sunday, 31 October 2010 09:48 AM

    No wrong ..... the child's mother

    Fouzer Sunday, 31 October 2010 09:36 AM

    Jesus never claimed divinity! Only Paul made him God

    shan Sunday, 31 October 2010 03:45 AM

    Not only muslims. we all pray for this young girl. Pls all Sri Lankans, hold a special pray today at your churches. God bless

    Faqi Sunday, 31 October 2010 09:06 AM

    Why are humans so irrational and foolish. Its humans who gave the verdict of guilty, its humans who will behead this poor woman, its humans who could set aside this judgement, Its humans who could show mercy and forgive her. Considering all this why bring a God into it? Is it to be politically correct, that people are asking an imaginary being who is supposed to be living somewhere in the sky to come to he aid?. What century are we living in?

    Thasneem Sunday, 31 October 2010 09:05 AM

    shovini, hassan god is one an only irrespective of religious believes. no need to fight we all pray together to save this poor girls life @ mosque,church,temple & kovils.

    Faqi Sunday, 31 October 2010 09:01 AM

    Praying is a futile exercise. What he heck is wrong with people how could any God help?. Its left to the humans to save this girl.

    Abdul Sunday, 31 October 2010 07:59 AM

    There are two things to consider, one is accept the mistake by the maid and ask for clamency, the other is a country's rules have to respected

    Muhammed Sunday, 31 October 2010 07:07 AM

    Go & Pray to the Saudi King. At the moment only he is above the God !.

    MagodisThuma Sunday, 31 October 2010 07:06 AM

    Nothing Fails Like Prayers !.

    aj Sunday, 31 October 2010 06:33 AM

    You Majesty,King Abdulla Please Pardon that poor Rizana

    Hassen Sunday, 31 October 2010 06:20 AM

    Shovini, this is not the correct place and time to forward this point.....
    As you can see all people who get to know this unfortunate incident of Rizana's are trying to unite regardless of the religion, language, etc.,
    Please use some common sense when commenting.....

    shovini Sunday, 31 October 2010 06:08 AM

    Only Jeus Christ can save her. HE is God. There is not other.

    faz Sunday, 31 October 2010 05:50 AM

    shan well done...almighty will bless you and family for you thoughts

    A.M.Hassan Sunday, 31 October 2010 05:25 AM

    Yes I agree with Shan. All Sri Lankans Home and Away pray for Rizana. I got to know here in Abu Dhabi on Friday they had a Prayer for her at the St. Joseph church. Thanks for all who trying there level best in there limits to do some thing to her release. – Hassan Abu Dhabi

    mohamed Sunday, 31 October 2010 05:15 AM

    We appreciate Shan..... All are human being

    Azmi Sunday, 31 October 2010 04:50 AM

    The only option to save Nafeeha is the pardning by the parents of the victim. Let us all pray for them to develop the mercy to pardon.

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