Islam is often blamed for savagery towards crushed females. The instance of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, demonstrates otherwise, says social counsel and scribe Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Violence against wives does not discern. One in three women across the globe experience physical or forms of sexual violence in their own lives, irrespective of race, age or income. Intimate partner violence is the most common way, with physical violence occurring to as many as two out of three women who have ever been in an intimate partnership.

This is not news, and hitherto, certain differences in how this violence is discussed is striking, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the brutality occurs in majority Muslim countries, scholars are quick to accuse Islam itself, instead of find the army of Muslim women who are fighting for their rights within the faith, and defending females- and themselves- at all costs.

Noura Hussein, a young woman from Sudan, furnishes an helpful and urgent pattern. At persons below the age of 16, Noura was forced into a union by her parent. She denied and fleeing from their own families home near Khartoum to stay with her aunt in Sennar, around 250 km away. She lived there for three years, determined to finish her education, when she received word that the wed intentions had been cancelled, and she was welcome to come home.

On her return, it became apparent that “shes been” tricked. The wedding ceremony was underway, and Noura was duly “given” to the bridegroom. Distraught, the 19 -year-old refused to accomplish the union for a number of epoches. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly aggressive. Noura’s husband crimes her, with the help of relatives who pinned her down during the act.

When the spouse returned the next day to echo the misdemeanour, Noura retaliated. She stabbed her husband a number of experiences, ultimately killing her rapist. She afterwards returned to their own families, who reportedly then disowned her and turned her over to the police.

Over a year later, on 29 April, 2018, Noura was convicted of slaying. On 10 May, she was sentenced to death. His clas was offered the choice of either accepting monetary compensation for the misdemeanour, or executing. They opted the latter. Now the family and community have 15 eras to plead the convict. They are hoping to overrule the decision to execute Noura for defending herself against physical and forms of sexual violence, and navigating an hopeless situation that no young woman should ever face.

Noura’s story is perhaps not unique in a nature where intimate partner violence is rife. However, there is something about Noura’s case that is indicative of a wider truth. The majority of people involved in increase awareness of this young woman’s subject are other Sudanese Muslim dames. The advocates working on the example in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and word of the case contacted me through another Sudanese writer’s Instagram and blogposts. The majority of parties fighting for Noura are women, Muslim women.

This reality flies in the face of the individuals who pretension that Muslim girls are subdued, subservient or believe in a religion that takes away their rights. It too stands in terminated opposition to men who try to use a warped version of sharia to apologize any part of such a situation- the forced marriage, the assault, the sentencing. The females indicating on Noura’s behalf point to both principle and theology: to be marriage without permission is disallow in Islam. Child marriage is still rehearsed, although women continue to fight the laws and traditions that allow it.

However, as happens very often in cases like this, the story becomes an opportunity for the airing of grievances and racisms about Islam, through the dispute of proposing for women’s rights. Islam is murderous, people will say, because of how they plow their women- and appear, here is an example that reinforces that statement!

Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura be an example to seeing how that is fundamentally inappropriate. The onu on Muslim maidens is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the stupidity of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal norms that exist within versions of sharia around the world. To paraphrase Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever face a catch-2 2. However, when the fight absolutely is on, such as in the case of Noura, they are the first to step up to fight for each other’s rights and protection. Tell me, how is that brutality?

* Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social exponent, and columnist. See her website here


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