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Written Word > Articles & Commentaries > July 2009 > “The Stoning of Soraya M.” and the Figure of Christ
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Michael Jaffray King
I haven't seen this movie but I am struck by 2 points. The fact that this woman is a figure of Our Saviour and very Christ like and that this stands out so clearly in this horrific movie and then another point which came to me recently on reflecting about the Muslim phenomena. The Western world has largely turned its back on real Christianity and embraced atheistic secularism. OK so when we turn our backs on such a wonderful way of salvation as offered through faith in Jesus Christ with a New covenant, God will allow Old Covenant religion to come back in all its ferocity and justice and injustice but in the form of Sharia Law. This is an inevitable consequence of turning our backs on such a wonderful and merciful way of salvation. If I am a drowning man, and you jump in to save me and all I do is continue to beat on you with my fists and shout at you to go away, then I must be left to drown.
7/3/2009 1:44:42 PM
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kct
Hi Fr Bob,
I did see this movie and I was also very moved by Shari'a Law and how her own father threw the 1st stone. As a mother of four children with three sons the scene with her one son before she was sent to be stoned broke my heart!!!!I do agree she was a Christ figure and the movie was so graffic I had turn my head. I had a dream that night about that woman. I woke up and was praying for her. I'm sure she went straight to heaven. The scenery in the movie reminded me of my trip to Israel when I visited Masada where the dead sea scrolls are kept. I still can't believe that this happened in the 1980s!!
7/3/2009 9:20:14 PM
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Brenda Worrell
OH come on! Her husband beat her regularly and cheated on her and she refused to divorce him? WHY? In Shariah law, if the woman is divorced there is no shame and her husband must support her until she remarries. If he remarried, maybe he would turn his aggressions on the new wife and leave her alone. ALready I don't believe this story and i am living in the Middle East.
7/5/2009 12:03:17 AM
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Patricia Fulton
It is my understanding that under Shariah law, if a man divorces his wife, he must indeed continue to support her. What was demanded in this case was that she initiate the divorce, which would free him from supporting her, and leave her with no resources.
7/5/2009 3:01:47 PM
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Bobbi Hiltibidal
Brenda--
Since you are living in the Middle East, you may not have access to the book or the film. The husband in this case could not support two wives and their children. People in every culture sometimes turn to murder because divorce (and in this case polygamy) is a costly proposition. In this case, the murder was legally sanctioned, socially approved, and carried out by those with power in the community.
7/20/2009 11:16:53 AM
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rita
I have not seen this movie, however, i have read what this movie is based on, well i would of been happy to give him a divorce, and celebrated with a big cup of wine, and would have rather lived on the streets instead of putting up with his bullsh*t. There is a place in hell for the ones who participated in this stoning, and her sons omg shame on them, this will haunt them for the rest of their lives. There is no way i could participate in such an act against my mother i would rather die first. I believe that evil lurks in this world. When the men chanted"Allahu akhbar" meaning god is great well my god do not have no part in the injustice against women. I believe this is a true story, because evil do exist in this world.
7/2/2010 5:27:06 PM
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amy
if the wife hasnt married anybody then the husband has to support her wether they are divorced or not but as soon as the wife maries another man after the divorce all rights relinquised . & i have seen this movie its very heart touching n things like this do happen but the scene with her dumping near the river was very emotinal
8/2/2010 7:11:56 AM
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