Islam is often blamed for savagery towards oppressed girls. The lawsuit of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, shows otherwise, says social counsel and columnist Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Violence against wives does not discern. One in three women across the globe experience physical or sexual violence in their own lives, regardless 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 hitherto, the difference in how this violence is discussed is striking, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the violence occurs in majority Muslim countries, scholars are quick to blamed Islam itself, instead of seeing the army of Muslim women who are fighting for their rights within the faith, and representing wives- and themselves- at all costs.

Noura Hussein, a young lady from Sudan, renders an helpful and urgent precedent. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a wedlock by her father-god. She repudiated and escaped from their own families dwelling near Khartoum to stay with her aunt in Sennar, around 250 km away. She lived there for three years, determined to finish her education, when she received statement that the bridal intentions 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 bridegroom. Distraught, the 19 -year-old refused to consummate the wedlock for a number of daylights. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly vigorous. 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 repeat the crime, Noura retaliated. She jabbed her husband a number of epoches, ultimately killing her rapist. She afterwards returned to their own families, that were allegedly then disavowed 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 death. His house was offered the choice of either countenancing money seeks compensation for the misdemeanour, or execution. They preferred the latter. Now the family and community have 15 periods to appeal the sentence. They are hoping to invalidate the decision to execute Noura for protecting herself against physical and sexual violence, and navigating an impossible situation that no young woman should ever face.

Noura’s story is perhaps not unique in a macrocosm where intimate marriage 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 case are other Sudanese Muslim dames. The solicitors working on the event in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and word of such cases contacted me through another Sudanese writer’s Instagram and blogposts. The majority of beings fighting for Noura are wives, Muslim women.

This reality flies in the face of those who claim that Muslim wives are crushed, subservient or believe in a religion that takes away their own rights. It also stands in terminated opposition to men who try to use a warped version of sharia to apologize any part of such different situations- the forced marriage, the rape, the sentencing. The women quarrelling on Noura’s behalf point to both law and theology: to be marriage without assent is disallow 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 tale becomes an opportunity for the televise of grudges and prejudices about Islam, through the arguing of advocating for women’s rights. Islam is brutal, 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 mistaken. The load on Muslim women is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the ignorance of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal standards that exist within interpretations of sharia throughout the world. To rephrase Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever face a catch-2 2. Nonetheless, when the fight absolutely 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 domination?

* Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical architect, social counselor, and writer. Call her website here


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