Horror of a pirate hostage: Even seasoned sailors cried
This story originally appeared in The New Paper on Sunday, Sept 30.
He was staring at the barrel of an AK-47 assault rifle as gunmen forced him to his knees.
They angrily demanded: "Ash hadu Allah? Ash hadu Allah?"
To any Muslim, these words are the start of a phrase frequently recited during prayers and it means: "I testify there is no God other than Allah and that Muhammad is his Prophet".
Malaysian Lister James couldn't recite the Islamic creed - he didn't know the words.