Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday blocked the execution of a paranoid schizophrenic murder convict pending a review of an earlier ruling that his condition was not a permanent mental disorder and therefore not legally relevant, his lawyers said.
He was due to be executed Wednesday, according to execution orders issued last week.
But the Supreme Court agreed to review an October 21 ruling on Ali’s final appeal, when the court ruled that schizophrenia did not fall within Pakistan’s legal definition of mental disorders.
The following review was published on the 22nd April 2010 by D. Brian Burghart, on the newsreview.com website.
It’s the nature of the way I do this column that it’s the things I’m most intrigued by that I spend the least time with. It’s like this: I’m most curious about the rarest of spiritual experiences, but since I generally only return to a church, temple, synagogue or mosque once, I learn the least about the experiences I’m most interested in. Since the vast majority of religious edifices are Christian, I also write the most about the doctrine I know the most about. It’s kind of a problem, really, and means I should probably rethink aspects of this column, as its third anniversary passes.
I feel that way about Islam. I know next to nothing about it, but I imagine I know far more than most of the readers of this column. For example, I attended prayers at the local mosque back in December 2007, so I have the tiniest bit of experience but even less knowledge.
That’s a long way of saying that I was quite happy to run across the little book Introduction to Islam by Zahid Aziz. It was designed to teach absolute beginners and children the basic tenets of Islam. The 66-page book took me two hours to read Continue reading