Compass Direct, a news agency focusing on human rights and Christian persecution, reported that a Jordanian Christian widow has been granted the custody of her two Christian children by the Amman Islamic court after their Muslim uncle had taken care of them for 7 years.
Siham Qandah appealed to the Amman Islamic Court for the legal guardianship of her two children after she discovered that her Muslim brother, Abdullah al-Muhtadi, had withdrawn their monthly benefits while he was taking care of them. At a hearing on April 12, Judge Mahmud Zghl ruled in favour of Qandah and ordered al-Muhtadi to repay mis-spent amounts taken from the children’s trust fund….
Compass Direct reported that Qandah’s husband died while serving with the UN in Kosovo in 1994. But when she went to claim her children’s army orphan benefits, a local court produced an unsigned “conversion” certificate, claiming that her Christian husband had secretly converted to Islam three years before his death.
According to Islamic law, the two children automatically became Muslims too. In order to maintain the army orphan benefits for her children Qandah nominated her brother (who converted to Islam as a teenager) to serve as their legal Muslim guardian, Compass Direct said.
In 1998, her brother applied for full custody of the two children, objecting to the children being brought up as Christians. Later, he even withdrew the monthly benefits from the two children and later withdrew nearly half of their UN-allocated trust funds by getting signed approvals from senior judges….