Mohammad bin Kadar – A friend remembers

Muhammad bin Kadar was hung at dawn on Friday, 17 April 2015. His friend Jeremy*, wrote this in his memory.


By noon on Monday, 13th April, 2015, He knew that He would not live to witness the coming Saturday. He would not witness another weekend, another birthday, another celebration nor another mourning.

After about 8 years of going through a system which was put in place by men dating over 2 centuries He lost his battle to live.

It all started with a moment of brutality that led to the death of a 69 years old women. He’s mind was violated with chemicals that had somehow led him to commit that gruesome act that has no doubt led to another gruesome act that was committed on the dawn of 17th April, 2015.

What He did was wrong in so many ways and my sincerest condolences goes out to the family of the victim. I hope and pray that they have finally found closure. But my deepest prayers is that the victims’ family had somehow found it in their hearts to forgive and allowed Him the opportunity to make amends.

He could have been a counselor for wayward youths, a spokesman for the dangers of intoxication. He would have found a way to have given back to society if given the chance but sadly it was not to happen.

Instead it was decided that He would pay the ultimate price. It would take His life to justify the crime that He has committed. There is no compromise in situations like this. He had exhausted all his appeals. After the formality of the presidents’ clemency appeal was rejected, it was decided that His life would cease to exist.

He was a friend, a person that I had conversations with. He was full of remorse and regrets. He said prayers for the victims’ family and was always humble in His approach and speech. He knew the grave mistake that He had committed and accepted the consequences that came with it.

He was a witness to the laws that were made by men, implemented by men and obeyed by men. And it’s not a damn secret that men are prone to mistakes repeatedly and repeatedly and repeatedly. Look at our past, our present and no doubt our future. The world is governed by mistakes that needs changes.

He fasted, prayed religiously, recited verses. He said a prayer for His victim, His family, His friends and for Himself.  He was calm and collected when it came His time for His final walk.

I pray for His soul, for the victims’ soul and for all the souls who had their lives robbed off them. It amazes me that a country that makes euthanasia a crime can somehow justify the termination of another life.

It does not matter if you agree with me on this. Just agree with me that the taking of a live no matter what the circumstances are, is wrong.

‘Never, never be afraid to do what is right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.’ Martin Luther King Jr.

Muhammad bin Kadar, rest in peace.

*The writer prefers to be published with a pseudonym.