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Woman Sentenced To Death for 'Insulting Mohammed' Has Meeting With Daughter

An 18-year-old woman from Pakistan just had an emotional visit with her mother, and it may be their last visit. The mother was jailed in 2010 for insulting the prophet Muhammad, and is now facing sentencing. If convicted, she could be executed.

Asia Bibi, a mother of five, has been on death row for the last seven years. Her ordeal began back in June of 2009 when she was working on a farm picking berries. It was hot, and Bibi went to fetch herself some water.

One of the Muslim women Bibi was working with raised a fuss. Bibi is a Christian, and the Muslim woman didn't think the woman was fit to drink from the same water bowl. They insulted Bibi's religion.

Bibi later testified that she responded, "I believe in my religion and in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for the sins of mankind. What did your Prophet Mohammed ever do to save mankind?"

The Muslim women took this as an insult to the prophet Muhammad, and they went to an imam to complain. Bibi was accused of blasphemy, and an angry mob headed to her home. The mother was brutalized right in front of her children and police were called to the scene.

When police arrived, it was Bibi, and not the people who battered her, that ended up getting arrested. She was convicted of blasphemy and has been in jail ever since. She's now out of appeals, and the Supreme Court is deciding her fate.

Eisham Ashiq, Bibi's 18-year-old daughter, was only nine when she saw her mother brutalized and arrested. She and her siblings miss their mother very much. Every few months, when they can afford to make the journey, they take a 12-hour round-trip just for the chance to see Bibi for about 20 minutes.

This most recent meeting, which may be their last, was particularly difficult. "It was a very emotional meeting, but I am confident in God and that He will set her free," said Ashiq, according to the Daily Mail.

"We always trust in God to care for her during her suffering days. Physically and mentally she is as well as she can be," Aquish, who is also Christian, said to the Daily Mail. "She has been in solitary confinement since day one as they fear someone might attack her. We believe they will set her free, but the circumstances are such that she would be unable to live in Pakistan as a free woman. She would not survive."

If the Supreme Court is lenient on Bibi, the only chance she’ll have left is to pray the president will grant her clemency. Even if she manages to escape execution, however, things are not going to be easy for her or her family.

Her life will still be in danger—and perhaps the lives of others. Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan, an extremist religious group, has threatened 'terrible consequences' if Bibi is given any leniency.

In Pakistan, insulting the prophet Muhammad is grounds to be put to death.

According to reports, the court has reached a decision, but is delaying the announcement until later in the week for fear of mob violence.

Source: Daily Mail
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