Islam is often blamed for savagery towards subdued dames. The example of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, indicates otherwise, says social preach and scribe Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Violence against maidens does not discriminate. One in three women across the globe experience physical or forms of sexual violence in their lives, regardless of race, age or income. Intimate partner violence is the most common figure, 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 such violence is discussed is striking, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the brutality has occurred in majority Muslim countries, scholars are quick to blame Islam itself, instead of observing the army of Muslim women who are fighting for their rights within the faith, and protecting girls- and themselves- at all costs.
Noura Hussein, a young woman from Sudan, caters an instructive and urgent lesson. At persons below the age of 16, Noura was forced into a wedding by her leader. She rejected and fleeing from her family home 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 wedding designs 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 consummate the matrimony for a number of epoches. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly aggressive. Noura’s husband abused her, with the assistance provided by relatives who pinned her down during the act.
When the partner returned the next day to recite the felony, Noura retaliated. She stabbed her husband a number of epoches, ultimately killing her rapist. She thereafter returned to her family, who were allegedly then disinherited her and turned her over to the police.
Over a year later, on 29 April, 2018, Noura was imprisoned of slaughter. On 10 May, she was sentenced to extinction. His lineage was offered the choice of either consenting monetary compensation for the crime, or hanging. They picked the latter. Now the family and parish have 15 days to plead the convict. They are hoping to nullify 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 unexpected in a world where intimate collaborator violence is rampant. 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 example are other Sudanese Muslim ladies. The solicitors working on the suit in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and statement of the case reached me through another Sudanese writer’s Instagram and blogposts. The majority of beings fighting for Noura are girls, Muslim women.
This reality flies in the face of those who claim that Muslim ladies are subdued, subservient or believe in a religion that takes away their rights. It also stands in complete opposition to all those people who try to use a warped version of sharia to apologize any part of such a situation- the forced marriage, the crime, the sentencing. The dames debating on Noura’s behalf point to both constitution and theology: to be marriage without agree is prohibited in Islam. Child marriage is still rehearsed, although women continue to fight the laws and habits that allow it.
However, as happens very often in cases like this, the narrative becomes an opportunity for the airing of grievances and prejudices about Islam, through the contention of advocating for women’s rights. Islam is brutal, beings will say, because of how they plow their women- and look, here is an example that reinforces that disagreement!
Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura be an example of how that is fundamentally faulty. The encumbrance on Muslim females is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the knowledge of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal criteria that exist within interpretings of sharia around the world. To restate Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever face a catch-2 2. However, when the fight genuinely 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 injustice?
* Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical designer, social propose, and writer. Call her website here