Hope and Prayers for Rifqa Bary

Today, August 21, is my own daughter, Krishnabai’s, birthday… I was with her this morning, and gave her some pretty gifts, fitting her lovely spirit.  I also gave her a special paper on which to write a birthday wish, but in my heart, I was also praying very much for another girl, Rifqa Bary.

We are all connected, and all children are “our children” and this girl has captured my attention. Right from the start, I have felt grace when I have prayed for her, but I do not want let go before I know she is safe, and the aura of Light and Love is around her. I receive so many prayer requests, I am bound to gradually let this concern go – but not completely.  When someone catches your prayerful heart, it is good to put a picture of that person on your altar, and send prayers now and then…ask Divine Mother to nudge you and guide you if she needs extra prayers.

I just received this e-mail letter from the Governor of Florida. (It felt like a special blessing to receive it today, on my daughter’s birthday.) It was sent to all those who contacted his office regarding the safety of Rifqa Bary. It bodes well for her court hearing today, at 3 PM Florida time.  Keep praying.

Governor of Florida, Charlie Crist

Thank you for contacting Governor Charlie Crist and sharing your concerns about Ms. Fathima (Rifqa) Bary.   The Governor asked that I respond on his behalf.

Governor Crist is committed to protecting Ms. Bary’s health, safety and
welfare. Governor Crist directed the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families, George Sheldon, to petition the court for placement in shelter and custody under the Florida Department of Children and Family Services (Department).  As a result, the court placed Ms. Bary in protective custody and she has been placed in a licensed foster care home under the supervision of the Department.

The Secretary of the Department of Children and Family Services and the Governor’s General Counsel will be at today’s court hearing.  Please be assured Governor Crist will make a decision that is in the best interests of and ensures the continued health, safety and welfare of Ms. Rifqa Bary.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact Governor Crist.


Warren Davis
Office of Citizen Services

Here is a copy of my own e-mail to Governor Crist:

To: Governor Charles Crist  Charlie.Crist@myflorida.com

Dear Gov. Crist,

Please protect the young girl, Rifqa Bary, who seeks religious asylum in your state. There is every reason to believe her plea for help.

“Apostasy is a capital crime according to all the Islamic schools of jurisprudence, so that it is not unreasonable to believe that devout Muslims would object to the conversion to Christianity of their daughter, and desire her death.

I looked up your website:  http://www.flgov.com/gov_biography You look like an honest and caring man. I appreciated reading this, especially:

Governor Crist is committed to ensuring the children of Florida have the resources and opportunities to realize their full potential… He also created the Children and Youth Cabinet and appointed a Chief Child Advocate to streamline the adoption process in Florida. Governor Crist signed the Anti-Murder Act as the first law of the 2007 legislative session in order to ensure the safety of all Floridians. The Governor, the Florida fundraising campaign chair for the United Negro College Fund, introduced a change in the Rules of Executive Clemency that allows automatic restoration of human rights.

It looks like Rifqa was guided by a Higher Power when she chose Florida. Please do everything in your power to help her.

God bless you and your family.


Mary Kretzmann
Nevada City, CA

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