Islam is often is the responsibility of savagery towards crushed maidens. The suit of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, depicts otherwise, says social preach and columnist Yassmin Abdel-Magied

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

This is not news, and hitherto, the difference in how such 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 observing the army of Muslim women who are fighting for their own rights within the faith, and defending females- and themselves- at all costs.

Noura Hussein, a young lady from Sudan, plies an instructive and urgent sample. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a wedding by her papa. She denied 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 text that the wedding proposals 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 bridegroom. Distraught, the 19 -year-old refused to consummate the matrimony for a number of daytimes. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly aggressive. Noura’s husband abused her, with the help of relatives who pinned her down during the act.

When the spouse returned the next day to reiterate the crime, Noura retaliated. She stabbed her husband a number of periods, eventually killing her rapist. She thereafter returned to their own families, that were allegedly then disinherited her and turned her over to the police.

Over a year later, on 29 April, 2018, Noura was imprisoned of assassinate. On 10 May, she was sentenced to death. His pedigree was offered the choice of either consenting monetary seeks compensation for the misdemeanour, or execution. They opted the latter. Now the family and parish have 15 days to plead the convict. They are hoping to invalidate 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 uncommon in a nature where intimate marriage savagery is abounding. Nonetheless, 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 client are other Sudanese Muslim females. The lawyers working on the lawsuit in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and message of such cases reached 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 girls are crushed, submissive or believe in a religion that takes away their own rights. It likewise stands in terminated opposition to men who try to use a warped form of sharia to apologize any one of the purposes of such a situation- the forced marriage, the rape, the sentencing. The females reasoning on Noura’s behalf point to both statute and theology: to be wedded without authorization is forestall in Islam. Child marriage is still practiced, although women continue to fight the laws and institutions that allow it.

However, as happens so often in cases like this, the story becomes an opportunity for the televise of grievances and racisms about Islam, through the proof of advocating for women’s rights. Islam is violent, parties will say, because of how they plow their women- and search, 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 dames is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the ignorance of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal norms that exist within interpretations of sharia around the world. To paraphrase Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever face a catch-2 2. Nonetheless, when the fight truly is on, 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 operator, social counsel, and columnist. See her website here


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