What to know Sharia law, including the public execution of a woman caught in adultery, is still practiced in many places in the world. Public executions for failing Islam are not only limited to adultery, however. In the famous case of Mariam Ibraheem, a woman was sentenced to death for the crime of marrying a Christian. (In her country, it was argued that this was the same as adultery.) In some countries, honor killings are practiced within families for other crimes considered sexual deviations by women and girls. Recently, horrifying stories have emerged from within Iran and Yemen, in the lives of two young girls named Romani Ashrafi and Ma'ab, ages 17 and 10. Their stories, unlike those of many others, went viral, awakening many Muslims to the realities of Islamic law. What to say Listen to your friend share his or her reactions to this story. Your friend may have much to say...be cautious of rushing the conversation.
If God leads, read the story of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11. How did Jesus live out the characteristics of God that we see in the story of Hosea? Read also the prayer in Ephesians 3:18-19. The love of God is higher, wider, deeper, and longer than what we can grasp. Pray together for the ability to understand this love.