Call it a conspiracy of circumstances

Abdulaziz Abdulwahid; 13/10/09; (4 Items)

This story is not fiction nor straight from a television soap, but a real account that happened in the village of Al-Ridaifah, 60 km west of Sakaka. The main character in this drama is 45-year-old Naif bin Mitair bin Miraied Al-Ramali Al-Shammari who did not know that this was his real name until a few days ago. He was previously known as Naif bin Muhammad bin Ali Al-Qifaie. His story was told by his real biological father, Sheikh Mitair bin Miraied Al-Ramali, 70, the mayor of the village of Al-Ramal in Ridaifah. “I was in Kuwait in 1964 when a woman who was married to a man from the village of Um Al-Qalban in the region of Hail also came to Kuwait to visit her relatives,” said Al-Ramali, adding that the woman was a distant relative.


Man marries off disabled daughter for money
Walaa Hawari; 13/10/09
Fatima (not her real name) only discovered she was married when her aunt tried to admit her into a rehabilitation program in Jizan. Fatima, who is mentally and partially physically disabled, was married off by her father to a man she had never met for money. “Nine years ago, when Fatima was 14, she was in a car crash in which she sustained an injury to her brain, leaving her in a coma. When she came out of coma she had suffered memory loss and paralysis in one side of her body,” Fatima’s aunt told Arab News, requesting her and her niece’s names not be published. The aunt said that she and her older sister have been caring for Fatima, her two sisters and three brothers following their mother’s death six years ago. She added that before her death, Fatima’s mother enrolled her into a rehabilitation program.

181 love messages = 70 flogs
Abdullah Bajubair; 13/10/09
The Arabic language is rich in synonyms. Perhaps that is what prompted the famous Egyptian writer, Abbas Mahmoud Al-Aqqad, to call it the “poetic language.” There are of course other reasons for this name. There are about 18 synonyms for the word “love.” We have a story in which all of these synonyms have been used by a man expressing his love to his wife after she left, deserted or abandoned him by khula (a form of divorce in Shariah where the woman secures her divorce through financial compensation to the husband). The Kingdom’s newspapers recently reported that the husband agreed to the khula, something that makes us believe that it was the wife who wanted to separate.The husband, agonized by love, sent his ex-wife 181 text messages requesting her to come back. The woman refused all these messages, which were enough to fill a book on love and which would immediately become a bestseller.

Man handed 15-year prison term in ‘honour killing’ case
A 21-year-old man was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in prison with hard labour for killing his married sister in the Jordan Valley last year, Agence France-Presse cited a court official as saying. He was charged in May 2008 with premeditated murder after fatally stabbing his 18-year-old sister 26 times in different parts of her body because she allegedly “lived and slept with another man”, the official told AFP. “He claimed he wanted to cleanse his family’s honour, but the court did not find any reason to commute or reduce the sentence, especially as the convict had previous knowledge of the affair and decided to plan the murder,” he said, adding that “the court found that there was no justification for the crime, and rejected pleas by his family to cut the jail sentence”. The verdict can be appealed within 30 days.