A Mauritanian Blogger is Facing the Death Penalty for an Unintentional Slight Against Allah

Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir. Image: Friendly Atheist

Ensaf Haidar, the wife of punished Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi, has a heartbreaking story in The Independent about Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, a writer who’s facing the death penalty for apostasy:

By Hemant Mehta|Friendly Atheist

During December 2013, a young Mauritanian blogger called Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir wrote a blog where he defended the rights of his people in Mauritania, who are used and exploited based on their history when they were slaves.

In the article he referred to the double standards used by the prophet Muhammad himself when he dealt with the Jews and the Arabs. He said that the prophet killed the Jews but forgave the Arabs because they are his blood. In his blog, he tried to show how religion plays a role in the social hierarchy and discrimination between social classes.

The authorities arrested Mohamed Cheikh on 2 January 2014 and he appeared in court in December, which sentenced him to death on the same day.

Without action, Cheikh could be killed any day now. But it’s not too late yet.

We don’t need another reminder of how awful it is to live under Islamic rule, but these stories need a larger audience. Read the full piece here and consider sharing it.