The Punishment for reading a Bible in Saudi Arabia (photo)

Ever had a cut in your finger and it hurts like mad? Well…

punishment for reading bible

* This picture was sent to us by a Saudi, former Muslim. Some people have questioned its authenticity. If any readers have more info about it let us know. According to the person who sent the picture it was an actual punishment for someone. Source has not been verified.

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378 thoughts on “The Punishment for reading a Bible in Saudi Arabia (photo)”

  1. And all these camps in old yugoslavia made by Ortidox catholics, all those muslim people god executed, but also normal christian and catholic people god executed. Trators, people who supported or helped muslim people.. Should i blame now also the whole Catholic ortodox or anny serb i come across. Whipe a whole religion over these crimes? NO

  2. What exactly are Orthodox Catholics in Yugoslavia? If you don’t know the difference. Sjonnie, I can assure you that the Catholics and the Orthodox, two different Churches, certainly do. And they will be only too happy to enlighten you. Spare us your ignorant and stupid comments, please, and learn something about other people’s religions before expressing your inane opinions again. Religion might not mean much to you, but it does to many of us. In fact, spare us your drivel and write about something you understand better – suggested subjects suitable to you would probably include imbibing alcoholic beverages, sport and fornication.

  3. the translation of At Tawbah above is missing some word,”those Pagan”…cut some and put the word wrongly makes a very different perception dude,please be wise and fair

  4. NOTE: MANY MUSLIMS TROLL ON OUR BLOG AND CLAIM THESE PUNISHMENTS ARE ‘FAKE’. WE CHALLENGE ANY MUSLIM IN ANY PART OF ARABIA TO COME FORTH AND PROVIDE A VIDEOCLIP OF THEM READING A BIBLE, WITH THEIR FULL FACE VISIBLE AND THEIR ADDRESS INCLUDED. WE WILL FORWARD IT TO THE MUTTAWWA (RELIGIOUS POLICE) OF THE COUNTRY AND YOU CAN SEND US A VIDEOCLIP WITH YOURSELF IN THE OFFICE OF THE MUTTAWWA AND A SIGNED LETTER STATING THERE IS NO PUNISHMENT OR VIOLATION FOR YOU AFTER READING YOUR BIBLE. FORWARDED THIS TO US FROM SAUDI ARABIA TO PROVE IT IS FALSE AND WE WILL POST BOTH THE VIDEO AND THE LETTER. OTHERWISE STFU.

    Sir read Matthew Chapter 6

    Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

    So why you tell them to publish them selves while reading bible you just make the Believers life in harm. that’s not what the Christ teaches.

    1. For a Muslim to read the Bible is for them to take their life in their hands JUST AS IT WAS for the apostles to proclaim the Gospel and mention Jesus name after His death/resurrection. It is no different. Be careful not to misuse scripture. The verse you gave as an example is not to be interpreted the way you intended for it to be. Christians are to speak God’s word without fear, and publicly as well as privately, that those who have ears to hear, might indeed hear. And if doing so means you put a target on your head, it means you have chosen life in the Father; forsaking the ways of the world, even unto death if you go against popular decree.

      The point of the challenge to Muslims was for them to choose who they really fear; man or God. We all will be, and have been tested so in our lives.

  5. What a bunch of duds all around. Religion is available only as a guide, not for possession. If you are well educated, then you understand what it is all about. It is the less privileged, who are not so fortunate to understand, believe in religion. No one can produce god from any where. His existence can be only understood. Nobody, repeat nobody, or any government can claim to be in possession of religious powers. This kind of touture is pure crime against humanity. Anyone can choose a religion of his liking.

    1. I was sucked into forwarding a false report. The actual picture wasn’t for reading a Bible.
      It was a paper shredder accident.
      My apology.

      1. If you actually READ the article you would have known that the picture is an example of the damages from the new punishment meeted in Arabia. But you of course didn’t bother to read anything.

      2. Your message sucks. I am the original poster and after research, the picture has NOTHING to do with punishment for reading the Bible.

        As I said the picture if from an ACCIDENT.

      3. YOU’RE the original poster??? Pardon us but the story was forwarded to us from Jeddah and originates from this blog – not from you. Why comment if you embarrass yourself and don’t even know the content of the post? The picture is the example of punishments now meeted in Saudi Arabia.

  6. And the proof of this “new punishment” for reading the bible is….???….. a 2010 photoshop picture of an American woman’s hand injury from an office machine accident,,,,put your efforts into love and stop spewing hate through lies…..nuff said.

    1. You are not the brightest bulb in the lot, are you? Why don’t you read the actual article. Nothing is photoshopped and the picture is an EXAMPLE of damages for the new punishment. And while you profess to know Arabian laws, four people from Arabia has come forth and confirmed that these punishments indeed happen in their country.

      1. The article needs to be illustrated with a photo that accurately depicts a punishment for reading a Christian text, whether the Holy Bible or something more contemporary , not a photo of someone whose hand was shredded in the USA in an office accident. When polemicizing against the persecution of Christians in Muslim majority nations, highlight reliable sources such as Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians Paperback
        by Paul Marshall , Lela Gilbert and, Nina Shea.

  7. FYI Muslim haters, I live in ‘Arabia’ if that is even a term used. It’s either Middle East, the Gulf or North Africa, choose (huge difference between the 3 btw). I myself live in Saudi Arabia and I am an Arab Catholic, (Arabs can be Christians too in case you are too ignorant to know this). Many of my friends are Muslims here and they are all very nice ppl. Stop spreading hate in the world. If you have actually read the Bible you should know that Jesus Christ only ever called for love and compassion. Maybe since you tell ppl to read our Bible, you should actually try reading the Koran as well and understand what Islam truly calls for rather than make poor assumptions on what the media declares Islam to be based on terrorists committing crimes that, to your big surprise, do not even fit with the codes of Islam. When the French banned the ‘Hijab’ and harassed Muslim girls in the streets of France for wearing the Hijab, no one condemned their decision. Girls were banned from their universities, they were beat in the streets and it seemed only fair to the world. Why? Because any crime against Muslims is ok? When the American ‘Christian’ may I add, soldiers raped and beat men and women in the Iraqi prisons (plenty of live youtube footage for you), not a huge fuss was made out of it. Why? Because it’s ok, they are only Muslim ppl therefore not considered part of the human race? Should I continue? It’s so shameful!! Just because there are bastards in this world, you CANNOT blame an entire race for their actions!!! WAKE THE FUCK UP!!
    I am so sick and tired of all this hate going around. Muslims hate Jews and Jews hate Christians and Christians hate Muslims and.. and everyone fucking hates everyone forgetting that in the end we are all a fucking human race. We have the same color of blood. I am telling you as a Christian living in Saudi Arabia that no one has ever mistreated us in any way or any other Christian family we know for reading the bible or for any other reason related to our Christianity. Please get your facts straight and don’t just believe any fabricated garbage you read in the media.

    1. Very good. Now take up the challenge we provided and send the video with your address, and we’ll forward it to the muttawwa. While you pretend facts are false, four people from Arabia have come forth and confirmed the new punishment is real.

      1. To the Moderator: For some reason I can’t reply to your comment:
        Your challenge means nothing to me Moderator neither does your hating and biased opinion. Even if I do send you the video and prove you wrong, you will be an Arab / Muslim hater forever. It’s clear. I have no reason to defend the Saudis. I would have never even come here if it wasn’t for my husband working here. We couldn’t care less about KSA in general and I am not a fan. That said, it will not make me jaded against all the hateful things ppl keep coming up with. It’s sickening. You have no idea how many Muslims are mistreated and discriminated against just because they are Muslim, therefore, they are terrorists, and they support terror.
        And you’ll forward what to the Muttawwa? And you will get their contacts from where exactly..? Oh and what you think they are really gonna watch your video aren’t they? You really know nothing about this region do you accept what you read in the biased media just like this ridiculous article you posted. And from Arabia where? Saudi Arabia or what Arabia are you talking about exactly, that your 4 ppl came forward and confirmed the truthfulness of this torture? We live here in Riyadh, the most strict city in all KSA. You donno what you’re talking about seriously. It’s shameful all the hate that you radiate into the world. I’m out. Keep hating. That’s all you’ll ever have. Jesus WILL judge you as you are generalizing, judging and condemning an entire race.

      2. Hating and biased?? We report what OTHER MUSLIMS have emailed us, and you call that hate and bias? That must be as laughable of a comment as claiming Islam is a religion of peace, which has become a joke to people around the world.
        Typical Islamo-nazi argument. Here’s a piece of advice for you: stop being haters and murderers of other people, their faiths and their freedom to have their own cultures, beliefs and countries which are endlessly being superimposed on by Muslims.
        That must be as laughable of a comment as claiming Islam is a religion of peace, which has become a joke to people around the world.
        Now send us the video and address of your reading the Bible and we’ll forward it to the Mutawwa. Why is there such resistance from you “liberal muslims” to do so?

    2. Explain this Nancy ……Officials in Saudi Arabia are notorious for their intolerance of outsiders observing the Christian faith within Saudi borders, and on February 8 the country’s religious police re-enforced that reputation when they arrested 53 Ethiopian Christians involved in a private prayer service in the Saudi city of Dammam, shutting down the service and hauling the believers off to jail.

      According to the World Evangelism Alliance, a total of 46 women and six men were arrested in the raid, and three of the Christians, identified as leaders of the private house church, were charged with trying to convert Muslims to the Christian faith.

      In December 2011, the Saudi religious police, known as the mutaween, arrested 35 Ethiopian Christians, 29 of them women, on charges of “illicit mingling” after the authorities raided a private prayer meeting in Jeddah. According to Human Rights Watch, some of the Christians were tortured, and the women were subjected to arbitrary body cavity searches.

      1. Same goes to you Donna. I repeat, why didn’t anyone speak up about what the ‘Christian’ French did to the Muslim girls regarding the Hijab, the humiliation they were subjected to? Or the American ‘Christian’ soldiers gang rapes against the Iraqi women? What is wrong with you? What about all the poor Palestinians being massacred just because they are Muslim on their own land. Why can’t we see our own faults? Does that make all Christians evil? Does that make all Jews evil because of what’s happening in Palestine? No. And no race, sex, country or religion can be completely condemned because of the actions of a certain group. Here is an interesting reading for you written by another Christian for your information, in case you can be bothered to see how others are being treated in this world.
        http://kirklandnsblog.wordpress.com/
        I am not saying it’s the easiest living for a Christian in KSA, but we knew what we were signing up for when we decided to move here. It is the most religious Islamic country in the world. But that said, every year we put up what resembles our Christmas tree, and have our Christmas Parties and no one has ever bothered us, because for your information, all Christians and foreigners live in what you call ‘Compounds’ in KSA that Saudis are NOT allowed to enter. And also for your information, we are completely protected living in our compounds; it’s like being back home. Women drive, go out by the pool in bikinis and have all the privileges we need. Outside the compound, we have to obey the country rules to the last bit; just like the Muslims girls do now in France.
        Girls get your facts straight. You have no idea what you’re talking because you don’t live here. All you’re doing is seeing something in the Media, freaking out and pointing fingers. ‘Oh it’s those f’n Muslims again’. You see nothing other than the biased media that happens to forget to tell you about the cruel things that are being done to other ppl around the world from different races and religions. Seriously, this is a dead end conversation. I hope God gives you some sort of enlightenment. I’m out. Good luck.

  8. Why not letting God(Allah) decide the punishment if at all it is punishable to read a Bible? Why are they getting in the way of God(Allah)? Am angry.

  9. to nancy. really no body bothers us when we pray??? are you joking???? when we pray we have to hide and hope no mutawa would find out or else well be get raided lock in jail and get raped not just the girls but men get raped also. you’re telling that dont judge all the muslim? the topic was how twisted were their goverment to impose on all grade schoolers how to cut a thief hand? and why jews have to be irradicated? maybe some christian have done wrong things is it because of the wrong doing of muslim also that made them to be hated by almost majority in the world.

    1. no matter how much you hate my religion Islam is the religion of peace I can’t stand Christianity and all you hypocrites and slave traders don’t you remember when you kidnap us of our shores and then beat us with whips made us change our names in our religion how can we pray to the same guy Jesus not when the so called master pray to him as well

      1. You are laughable! Muslims are the CREATORS of slavery. They sold over 200 million of “your” people. How many did Christians trade? About 12 million – and of those 6 million were white Christian slaves captured by muslims.
        Besides, who sold slaves? African kings. You are a typical delusional, uneducated, small minded bigot of Islam.

  10. I dont blv in dis coz americans ar leaving in saudi n dey give dem chance 2 practise dere religion so stop labelling islam wt bad name

  11. to your Information what you see are a lie that pic not talk about
    Bible At all …that Picture talk about
    the Punishment of the Thief As what in The Holy Quran:
    and this the translation of it.. :
    ——————————————–
    [As for] the thief, the male and the female, amputate their hands in recompense for what they committed as a deterrent [punishment] from Allah . And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.
    ——————————————–
    وَالسَّارِقُ وَالسَّارِقَةُ فَاقْطَعُوا أَيْدِيَهُمَا جَزَاءً بِمَا كَسَبَا نَكَالًا مِّنَ اللَّهِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَزِيزٌ حَكِيمٌ

    My prove is :
    and you can look at the text the one in Arabic and COMPARE it with that Picture you will find that its same the one here and you will find it same ……
    IF you want More Prove…copy that Arabic text and paste It in Google TRANSLATION the you will know what The Real truth ….THANK YOU

  12. Just wondering. If this punishment is legal, why do the cover their faces? Do the cops in Saudi Arabia dress like robbers???

    1. sorry to say, dear Baal Shem Ra, the link you provided talks about paper shredders and harm done by paper shredders. so it can only proof that paper shredders are real and some danger to folks that do operate them.

      your link can not proof anything about iran, sharia or whatever on punishment machines does exist in the world. if you want to proof that then please provide sources that do proof that.

      as of now i’ve only seen proof for the first but not for the second. if its really such an issue then it shoult not be of any problem as it would spread in the internet in dozends of verifyable variants. got me?

      1. This is a photo that has been on the Internet for a very long time. Anyone familiar with Internet memes has already seen it around. It has already been spread around the Internet in dozens of verifiable variants. Google “paper shredder accident” and half of the images are the exact same one:

        https://www.google.com/search?q=paper+shredder+accident&hl=en&gbv=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi

        http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=74d_1332524332

  13. The article was interesting, but the challenge at the bottom was a bit odd to me. I could be wrong, but I think it would be extremely disrespectful to their beliefs for someone to be reading a Christian bible in Mecca. That would be like reading the Quran at the Vatican or something. I know some people would think ‘so what’, but it’s all about respecting other people’s beliefs. Of course, I don’t agree with stoning, removing limbs, exectution and what have you for any reason, but the ‘read a bible in Mecca’ part irritates me.

  14. This is all wrong. I’m a saudi and I’ve never came across some one that has been punished for reading the bible. In fact we welcome discussions with other religion as we have King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue.
    http://www.kaiciid.org/

    Obviously you are going to see wrong behaviour from a minority extremists, but this is the case with all religions all over the world.

    I believe this article is wrong and promoting wrong ideas about Islam and Saudi Arabia.

    Also if this article is real how come there are thousands of expatriates from other religions live and work here!!!

    1. How many temples, synagogues and churches do you have which people can openly attend? Why should we have mosques and islam here when you offer no equal right to faith to other people?

  15. This place of unholy alliance is built in many places in UAE and Saudi Arabia. And these singing and dancing competitions are broadcast all over the world.

    Unless you’re getting your Middle East news updates from watching Alladin re-runs, you would be incredibly retarded to make the accusations you made.

    AlQaeda and the rest of the terrorist crazies are fighting these governments saying ‘They are too soft with Christians’ and here you are proving they aren’t. Saudi Arabia and UAE kill more religious fundamentalists linked to qaeda like ideologies than it tortures Christians. Here let me give you another challenge.

    Go to middle east with a friend. Have your friend declare he wants global shariah and he’s from alqaeda, and have yourself declare you’re a christian and read the bible out loud.

    You’d be quiet surprised at which one of you too goes through the chopper in the blink of an eye.

    1. Really? Can you demonstrate what objections and measures Saudi Arabia has taken for the 100,000 murders of Christians committed with Saudi and Qatari money? And what Christians would they ‘torture’ in their own country when even foreign maids have to convert to Islam to work with them, and the few Christians are forbidden to even hint they are Christian? Saudi interest is to keep their own country secure, while they fund wahhabism to spread all over the rest of the world.

    2. Why do you post videos of sermons from Africa to deceive people? There doesn’t exist a Living Waters church in Abu Dhabi. On that note United Arab Emirates is somewhat more tolerant toward Christians than most countries in the Gulf due to efforts to expand trade relations. That doesn’t make them openly accepting of churches or people of other faiths. It took 20 years for them to approve community halls to house small churches. They have a handful of them.

      There is even a “show church” in Saudi Arabia that is strictly controlled. Does that make Arabs tolerant and accepting of Christianity? No they punish conversions and any display of Christian objects. And Christians who have worked or visited the country say it it only open for diplomats to pretend tolerance towards Christians. In 2010, the U.S. State Department stated that in Saudi Arabia “freedom of religion is neither recognized nor protected under the law and is severely restricted in practice” and that “government policies continued to place severe restrictions on religious freedom”. No faith other than Islam is permitted to be practiced, although there are nearly a million Christians – nearly all foreign workers – in Saudi Arabia.

      And Dubai, supposedly the most liberal of all Arab nations, are forcing non-Muslims to wear head scarves in some jobs (ex. banks) which has been objected.

      This Saudi has to hide his face when talking about his conversion to Christianity:

      And this Saudi was jailed for converting to Christianity and tells his story. He was again jailed after these videos were posted and his whereabouts are unknown for almost two years now:

    1. You say it’s not true, other Saudi’s confirm it is true. And what would a woman know what is actually happening, confined to the house like a prisoner?

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