Islam is often blamed for brutality towards oppressed maidens. The action of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, demo otherwise, says social preach and columnist Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Violence against dames does not discriminate. One in three women across the globe experience physical or sexual violence in their lives, irrespective of hasten, age or income. Intimate partner violence is the most common anatomy, 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, the difference in how such violence is discussed is striking, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the savagery has occurred in majority Muslim countries, scholars are speedy to blamed Islam itself, instead of noticing the military of Muslim women who are fighting for their own rights within the faith, and protecting wives- and themselves- at all costs.

Noura Hussein, a young woman from Sudan, supplies an instructive and urgent sample. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a wedlock by her leader. She repudiated and fleeing from their own families home near Khartoum to stay with her aunt in Sennar, around 250 miles away. She lived there for three years, determined to finish her education, when she received message that the wedding projects 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 union for a number of dates. 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 spouse returned the next day to reproduce the crime, Noura retaliated. She jabbed her husband a number of seasons, eventually killing her rapist. She thereafter returned to her family, that were allegedly then disinherited her and turned her over to the police.

Over a year later, on 29 April, 2018, Noura was convicted of murder. On 10 May, she was sentenced to death. His clas was offered the choice of either consenting monetary compensation for the felony, or executing. They opted the latter. Now the family and community have 15 dates to appeal the sentence. They are hoping to invalidate the decision to execute Noura for representing herself against physical and sexual violence, and steering an impossible situation that no young woman should ever face.

Noura’s story is perhaps not unique in a macrocosm where intimate partner violence is rampant. Nonetheless, there is something about Noura’s case that is indicative of a wider truth. The majority of individuals involved in raising awareness about this young woman’s suit are other Sudanese Muslim dames. The lawyers working on the occasion in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and message of the case reached me through another Sudanese writer’s Instagram and blogposts. The majority of people fighting for Noura are girls, Muslim women.

This reality flies in the face of those who claim that Muslim females are crushed, subservient or believe in a religion that takes away their own rights. It likewise stands in ended opposition to men who try to use a warped version of sharia to apologize any part of such different situations- the forced marriage, the crime, the sentencing. The maidens quarrelling on Noura’s behalf point to both statute and theology: to be marriage without assent is ban in Islam. Child marriage is still practised, although women continue to fight the laws and institutions that allow it.

However, as happens very often in cases like this, the tale becomes an opportunity for the broadcast of grudges and prejudices about Islam, through the arguing of proposing for women’s rights. Islam is violent, 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 of how that is fundamentally incorrect. The encumbrance on Muslim girls 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 rephrase Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever face a catch-2 2. Nonetheless, when the fight truly is on, such as in the case of Noura, they are the firstly to step up to fight for each other’s rights and protection. Tell me, how is that repression?

* Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical operator, social campaigner, and scribe. Call her website here


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