Indian who shared “Haram Temple” photo embraced Islam

The Criminal Court of Jeddah has just now quashed a seven-year jail term and an additional 2100 lashes as punishment which had been given to an Indian man who had been convicted of blasphemy.

This new move of leniency by the Criminal Court of Jeddah comes since the Indian prisoner converted to Islam, during his time in jail. The new Muslim man will, however, must pay a monetary fine of SAR 30,000. The Appeals court has also endorsed the new verdict; however, the public prosecutor was strongly objecting to this new decision. This was reported by a local daily in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

What was his crime?

The Indian man had been arrested earlier last year from the airport as he had been trying to exit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to go home. The Indian man had been held for blasphemy since he took some pictures of the Holy Kaaba and went on to edit into things which no Muslim individual wants to discuss, hence we will just be leaving that right there.

The picture showed the Holy Kaaba covered with Hindu deities. Later, he uploaded the picture on Facebook. This image created a lot of havoc in several of the Indian cities last year when it initially started circulating on various social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook.

The official report stated that a Saudi national had been extremely shocked by the image circulating on the social media network and promptly alerted the HAIA force, after which a formal probe had been launched into the matter.

He admitted the crime

The Indian origin expatriate man clearly admitted that it was his Facebook page or profile which posted the picture. However, he did not publish it intentionally as he clicked on a link which published the photo.

Upon liking the link, the photograph had been automatically loaded onto his personal account for all his friends and followers to see. There are several people who are totally infuriated over this move by the courts saying that anybody that insults the Holy Kaaba by sharing derogatory images of it online should not be spared, although he may have converted to Islam.

There are also those who are simply saying that this conversion of the Indian man is a farce created by him, to get out of his troubles quickly, without enduring any punishment.

However, Islam teaches us to believe in the words of the people who claim to be Muslims as we cannot see what is his actual intention.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.