Islam is often is the responsibility of violence towards subdued females. The client of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, proves otherwise, says social counselor and scribe Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Violence against maidens does not discern. One in three women across the globe experience physical or sexual violence in their lives, irrespective of race, age or income. Intimate partner violence is the most common chassis, with physical violence occurring to as numerous as two out of three women who have ever been in an intimate partnership.
This is not news, and yet, the difference in how this violence is discussed is striking, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the violence has occurred in majority Muslim countries, pundits are speedy to blamed Islam itself, instead of seeing the army of Muslim women who are fighting for their rights within the faith, and defending girls- and themselves- at all costs.
Noura Hussein, a young woman from Sudan, caters an helpful and urgent instance. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a wedding by her parent. She refused and escaped from their own families dwelling 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 parole that the marry strategies 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 matrimony for a number of daytimes. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly vigorous. Noura’s husband abused her, with the help of relatives who pinned her down during the act.
When the husband returned the next day to echo the felony, Noura retaliated. She stabbed her husband a number of times, ultimately killing her rapist. She afterwards returned to their own families, that 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 death. His clas was offered the choice of either admitting monetary compensation for the felony, or hanging. They picked the latter. Now the family and community have 15 daytimes to petition the sentence. They are hoping to overrule the decision to execute Noura for representing herself against physical and sexual violence, and steering an hopeless situation that no young lady should ever face.
Noura’s story is perhaps not rare in a world where intimate collaborator violence is abounding. However, 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 action are other Sudanese Muslim maidens. The solicitors working on the lawsuit in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and word of such cases reached me through another Sudanese writer’s Instagram and blogposts. The majority of people fighting for Noura are women, Muslim women.
This reality flies in the face of those who claim that Muslim maidens are suppressed, submissive or believe in a religion that takes away their rights. It likewise stands in complete opposition to men who try to use a warped form of sharia to vindicate any one of the purposes of such a situation- the forced marriage, the assault, the sentencing. The women reasoning on Noura’s behalf point to both statute and theology: to be wedded without assent is forbid 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 storey becomes an opportunity for the airing of grievances and prejudices about Islam, through the arguing of proposing for women’s rights. Islam is violent, people will say, because of how they consider their women- and gaze, here is an example that reinforces that polemic!
Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura be an example of how that is fundamentally incorrect. The load on Muslim dames is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the knowledge of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal norms that exist within versions of sharia throughout the world. To paraphrase Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever face a catch-2 2. However, 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 oppression?
* Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical technologist, social campaigner, and scribe. Inspect her website here