By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
MIDDLE EAST (ANS — January 3, 2017) — Hajira* was raised in a prominent, loving, Muslim family in the Middle East. Her father is one of the top religious authorities of the state, an enforcer of Sharia law.
“We all were strict in Sharia law and the religious practices,” Hajira told Bibles4Mideast.
Her brother commanded a militant group “protecting” Islam and taking immediate action against its enemies. He is also trained as a sharp shooter.
One evening her family, along with their cooks, drivers and servants, went out to the desert to enjoy an evening bonfire under the moonlight. It was an annual tradition, and this year, they set up camp near some rocky hills.
After dinner she went for a short walk through the desert with her brothers and sisters. Her father and mothers remained near the bonfire with the servants.
“While we were walking, I knew something bite my leg,” she recounts. “We saw a big snake moving fast after biting me.”
It seems the snake was partially covered with sand, and in the darkness she inadvertently stepped on it. “My brother took his revolver and shot the snake at once and killed it,” she told Bibles4Mideast.
It was a Sahara Horned Viper, a highly poisonous snake.
Within seconds Hajira became unconscious and they rushed her to the hospital. She lapsed into a coma that lasted four days.
* Not her real name which is witheld fo security purposes.
Photo: 1) Veiled woman with her precious Bible. 2) The dangerous Sahara Horned Viper that was hidden in the sand. 3) Mark Ellis.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (www.assistnews.net), and also founder of www.GodReports.com, a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from around the world.
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