There is currently a woman going about Blogsphere posting and mailing bloggers with the purpose of getting people to send her money to ”save an orphan boy from having his hand cut off”. I am of the opinion that this is a money scam. She gives absolutely no information, about the boy the school or anything except how to send her your money. She has at least three different sites, full of ads, so very commercial. And I’m not linking because I don’t want to send traffic her way. However I will show you the mail which is doing the rounds so you will recognise it either as mail, or as a comment on blogs.
Several bloggers have been approached by mail with the request for money to save an orphan boy from having his hand chopped off in Saudi Arabia.
As, I write this I feel as though I am going to be sick. It is a feeling I have gotten used to over the days since the Judge residing over my orphan son deemed that my son is a thief and is to have his hand cut off next Saturday. It all started when I sent my son to his universities headmaster to ask for an extension in paying this years tuition.
My husband quit his job last year which had left him with duties that were less then desirable such as acts that were committing shirk and not being able to attend the Friday prayer. Upon realizing that we would not be able to pay this years tuition; I wrote my son (a Saudi national orphan we care for) a letter which he shared with his schools universities headmaster:
“Our word is true and our bond. Without our reputation we have nothing save Allaah. Ask him to help ease our burden by being lenient with you and looking the other way in regards to this debt to allow us more time to get the money. That as a family we are all passionate about learning the deen and spreading it’s beauty and truth. We are counting on you to learn more of it and to teach us what we have yet to know and understand. Without knowledge of the Quran and the Sunnah this life is not worth living and is indeed a dire and horrible place to reside. We love Allaah and His Messenger (saw) so very much. Please do not take you out of school on account of low funds as it will be like taking more then three students out of the school as you are a source of good for many.”
Upon reading this the headmaster cried and readily agreed to help my son. He loaned my son the money to pay this years tuition and made contracts that my boy would pay back the tuition within a month or two. The time came by to pay and we could not find the funds. The headmaster called the police on my son and after a ten day extension my boy was arrested for not paying. Two days ago a Saudi judge ruled over him declaring he is an adult at 18 yrs and this is a crime of stealing whereby if he does not pay the $15,799.59 Saudi Arabia riyals or $4, 219.00 United States dollars he will have his hand chopped off.
This is not a crime of stealing and never was. Please headmaster, Judge please spare my sons hand and see reason. My boy is innocent and a good student at the university. We are trying to come up with the money so hard. Please. I love Islam and if my boy was guilty By Allah (swt) I would not say a word against his hand getting cut off nor would I disapprove. But, this boy’s blood is illegal for you to spill it. It is harram. It is harram. It is harram. He is not a thief but innocent in this matter and we are but poor in these worldly matters at this time.
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Well, I am very sorry for the Americans behind this moneymaking attempt, but despite heads rolling quite easily in KSA, The chopping off of hands is actually quite rare. The comment of a Saudi friend of mine on this mail:
What a scam. Saudi Universities are free unless you are going to a private school, which there are only a few in Saudi and why would an orphan take that route to begin with. Saudi does not cut hands for loans. The story of her husband leaving work because he will be involved in Shirk? What is that LMAO. And not being able to pray on Friday? So why is that our problems. If that is true then he is a lazy bastard that is using religion as a crutch so he does not support his family. This woman sounds like a scheming scum.
The facts are:
- Education in KSA is free
- Saudi even pays students 1000 riyals to go to college in government schools
- private schools are very rare at colege level and why should a poor orphan choose to go there?
- The definition of theft in Islam is that you have to break a secure lock. If you steal from a place which is left open the punishment will be less than the cutting of a hand. Islam is very specific on these details.
- Loans are not considered thefts but if you can’t pay back a loan you can be jailed.
So basically I’ll leave ya’all to make up your own mind, but I’m not buying it.