An Alabama man who was set to be executed by the state Thursday night is now waiting out his punishment while a federal court argues over his religious requests.
Domineque Ray, who was sentenced to death for raping and murdering 15-year-old Tiffany Harville in 1995 Selma, was not allowed to bring his holy book into his death cell with him after he was transferred there Tuesday, according to AL.com.
After a filing from his lawyers, Ray was given access to a Quran, but he still has one more request: his imam, or Muslim spiritual leader.
Last week, Ray was denied a stay of execution after his lawyers claimed the Alabama Department of Corrections should allow his Muslim spiritual adviser to be in the execution chamber. Officials said only their Christian chaplain is allowed inside, but that the imam could stay with Ray until he was taken away.
“I know the things that are required of Muslims before they die,” Maisonet, imam of Masjid As Salaam in Mobile, told AL.com. “We want to make sure his last words are, ‘There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his prophet.’”