I want to share the beautiful and inspiring story of Fatima bint Mohamed bin Uthman Al-Mutairi with you.
Fatima was a 26-year-old Saudi woman who was killed by her own brother in August 2008 simply because she followed Jesus Christ. I shared her story during last Sunday’s sermon (Acts 25:1-12) because of some parallels I saw with Paul’s life. There were other reasons why he was hated and vilified by the religious leaders but one of them was that by following Christ, he was seen as a traitor to his people, culture, and Judaic law.
I don’t have much information about her story. Couple sources cite that Fatima was a member of a major Bedouin tribe (Al-Mutair) and she resided at “what is arguably the most religiously zealous town in all of Saudia Arabia, Buraydah.
Her fellowship with other believers “appears to have been limited to Internet forums”. She composed her amazing poem (translated into English) before her martyrdom and it has deeply resonated with me ever since I heard of her death last year. Fatima was burned alive after having her tongue cut by her brother Read the rest of this entry »