Islam is often blamed for violence towards subdued maidens. The lawsuit of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to fatality, testifies otherwise, says social exponent and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Violence against ladies does not discern. One in three women across the globe experience physical or forms of sexual violence in their lives, irrespective of race, age or income. Intimate partner violence is the most common organize, 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 yet, the difference in how such violence is discussed is stark, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the savagery occurs in majority Muslim countries, pundits are quick to blame Islam itself, instead of detecting the military forces of Muslim women who are fighting for their own rights within the faith, and representing women- and themselves- at all costs.
Noura Hussein, a young woman from Sudan, provides an helpful and urgent pattern. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a wedding by her parent. She repudiated and escaped from their own families residence near Khartoum to stay with her aunt in Sennar, around 250 kilometres away. She lived there for three years, determined to finish her education, when she received parole that the marry schemes 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 groom. Distraught, the 19 -year-old refused to accomplish the wedding for a number of dates. Within the week, her husband’s tactics been increasingly vigorous. Noura’s husband raped her, with the help of relatives who pinned her down during the act.
When the husband returned the next day to recite the felony, Noura retaliated. She jabbed her husband a number of occasions, eventually killing her rapist. She afterwards returned to their own families, who were allegedly then rejected her and turned her over to the police.
Over a year later, on 29 April, 2018, Noura was convicted of assassinate. On 10 May, she was sentenced to extinction. His pedigree was offered the choice of either countenancing monetary compensation for the felony, or execution. They choice the latter. Now the family and parish have 15 daytimes to request the sentence. They are hoping to nullify the decision to execute Noura for representing herself against physical and sexual violence, and steering an hopeless situation that no young woman should ever face.
Noura’s story is perhaps not extraordinary in a nature where intimate collaborator savagery is abounding. However, there is something about Noura’s case that is indicative of a wider truth. The majority of people involved in raising awareness about this young woman’s occurrence are other Sudanese Muslim dames. The solicitors working on the instance in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and statement of such cases contacted me through another Sudanese writer’s Instagram and blogposts. The majority of parties fighting for Noura are dames, Muslim women.
This reality flies in the face of those who claim that Muslim maidens are subjugated, submissive or believe in a religion that takes away their own rights. It too stands in complete opposition to all those people who try to use a warped form of sharia to apologize any part of such different situations- the forced marriage, the rape, the sentencing. The girls bickering on Noura’s behalf point to both constitution and theology: to be marriage without approval is foreclose in Islam. Child marriage is still practised, although women continue to fight the laws and traditions that allow it.
However, as happens very often in cases like this, the fib becomes an opportunity for the publicize of grudges and prejudices about Islam, through the polemic of advocating for women’s rights. Islam is violent, beings will say, because of how they consider their women- and appear, here is an example that reinforces that debate!
Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura set an example of how that is fundamentally faulty. The onu on Muslim wives is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the ignorance of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal norms that exist within versions of sharia around the world. To restate Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever face a catch-2 2. Nonetheless, when the fight genuinely is on, 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 persecution?
* Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical operator, social preach, and columnist. See her website here