Ashish Chawla died suddenly. Then Saudi authorities charged his wife Shalini with murdering him after he became a Muslim, even though an autopsy showed no sign that he had been murdered at all. Shalini says he never discussed converting to Islam with her, and said: “During my interrogation, I heard that my husband died the night before he was going to announce officially in the mosque his conversion to Islam. However, I did not find any proof of his conversion and his name is not registered in any Islamic center.”
While it is remotely possible that Ashish Chawla really did intend to convert to Islam and never bothered to discuss it with the woman to whom he was married, there is an odd pattern here. We have seen this before: non-Muslim wives in Muslim countries whose husbands die, and then they’re told, to their surprise, that he had converted to Islam while he was away from her — even though he never got around to giving the momentous news to his wife. The case of Siham Qandah in Jordan is one notorious example. In Malaysia, Kaliammal Sinnasamy was told the same thing about her Hindu husband — that he had converted to Islam before his death without informing her. Also in Malaysia, Ngiam Tee Kong was told the same thing about his late wife: that seven days before she died, she had converted to Islam without telling him.
In Pakistan, a Christian teenager named Zeeshan Gill was kidnapped, whereupon his mother was informed that he had converted to Islam. The same thing has happened to Christian children in Nigeria, and to numerous Christian girls in Egypt, as well as in Pakistan.
So many people all over the world converting to Islam, many just before their deaths, without bothering to inform those closest to them! What a strange phenomenon! One might almost be tempted to think that this was some kind of Islamic supremacist strategy, but that would of course be “Islamophobic.”
“Indian doc cleared of hubby’s murder in Saudi, returns home,” from Rediff, December 22 (thanks to Mathews):
An Indian lady doctor, accused of poisoning to death her husband in Saudi Arabia after he reportedly converted to Islam, has been absolved of the charges after 10 months of detention which she described as a “nightmare”.
Investigations into the death of her husband turned into a trauma for the 36-year-old Shalini Chawla, a woman doctor from New Delhi, as she had to face detention, while nursing her days old baby.
Chawla’s travails began when her husband Ashish Chawla died in sleep on January 31, and it was suspected that he had been poisoned by his wife, the Saudi Gazette reported. But an initial medical report from King Khaled Hospital in Najran stated that the cause of death was “myocardial infarction” (heart attack). The report also certified that there was “no sign of any injury, crime, or fight”. But Saudi authorities apparently tipped off that the man had been murdered after he became a Muslim, detained the wife to conduct further investigations.
The Indian lady doctor was detained with her then 34-day-old baby boy Vedant. But even the second medical report from the Centre for Toxicology and Forensics in Mecca also said the autopsy report did not confirm any poisoning, and yet the Indian doctor had to continue in detention.
Chawla said, she had no idea who falsely informed the police that she had poisoned her husband. “I heard they were our colleagues but I don’t want to know about them.” She said that her husband never discussed his intention to embrace Islam. But after his death, his friends revealed that he had become a Muslim.
“During my interrogation, I heard that my husband died the night before he was going to announce officially in the mosque his conversion to Islam. However, I did not find any proof of his conversion and his name is not registered in any Islamic center,” she said….
The case was referred to headquarters of the bureau of investigation and prosecution in the capital Riyadh, which ordered a third autopsy by an independent panel of doctors who confirmed it was a heart attack. The Saudi authorities finally closed the case on December 3 clearing Shalini of all charges and allowing her to leave the country with her children and the body of her husband.
Chawla left Jeddah for home with the body of her husband and told Saudi Gazette that he will be buried in a Muslim cemetery. “My late husband died as a Muslim and his funeral will be held as per the Islamic rituals in New Delhi,” Dr Shalini was quoted as saying by the paper….