Islam is often is the responsibility of brutality towards suppressed maidens. The action of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to extinction, pictures otherwise, says social counsel and columnist Yassmin Abdel-Magied

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

This is not news, and yet, the difference in how this 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 speedy to accuse Islam itself, instead of noticing the military forces of Muslim women who are fighting for their own rights within the faith, and representing females- and themselves- at all costs.

Noura Hussein, a young lady from Sudan, renders an instructive and urgent speciman. At persons below the age of 16, Noura was forced into a wedlock by her papa. She rejected and escaped from her family dwelling 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 text that the marry strategies had been cancelled, and she was welcome to come home.

On her return, it became apparent that she had been tricked. The wedding ceremony was underway, and Noura was duly “given” to the groom. Distraught, the 19 -year-old refused to accomplish the matrimony for a number of days. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly aggressive. Noura’s husband crimes her, with the assistance provided by relatives who pinned her down during the act.

When the partner returned the next day to recur the violation, Noura retaliated. She stabbed her husband a number of occasions, ultimately killing her rapist. She afterwards returned to their own families, who reportedly then rejected her and turned her over to the police.

Over a year later, on 29 April, 2018, Noura was convicted of assassination. On 10 May, she was sentenced to demise. His pedigree was offered the choice of either accepting monetary seeks compensation for the felony, or executing. They picked the latter. Now the family and parish have 15 dates to request the sentence. They are hoping to overrule the decision to execute Noura for defending herself against physical and sexual violence, and navigating an hopeless situation that no young lady should ever face.

Noura’s story is perhaps not unexpected in a world where intimate collaborator 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 event are other Sudanese Muslim women. The advocates working on the occurrence 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 people fighting for Noura are ladies, Muslim women.

This reality flies in the face of those who claim that Muslim females are subjugated, subservient or believe in a religion that takes away their rights. It likewise stands in complete opposition to men who try to use a warped version of sharia to vindicate any part of such different situations- the forced marriage, the assault, the sentencing. The women debating on Noura’s behalf point to both constitution and theology: to be wedded without authorization is foreclose in Islam. Child marriage is still practised, although women continue to fight the laws and traditions that allow it.

However, as happens so often in cases like this, the narrative becomes an opportunity for the send of grievances and prejudices about Islam, through the polemic of preaching for women’s rights. Islam is brutal, people will say, because of how they consider their women- and examine, here is an example that reinforces that contention!

Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura be an example to seeing how that is fundamentally incorrect. The onu on Muslim ladies 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 explains of sharia all over 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 cruelty?

* Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical technologist, social campaigner, and writer. Inspect her website here


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