Islam is often blamed for savagery towards subdued wives. The client of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, indicates otherwise, says social exponent and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Violence against girls does not discriminate. One in three women across the globe experience physical or sexual violence in their own lives, irrespective of hasten, age or income. Intimate partner violence is the most common organize, 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 yet, the difference in how such violence is discussed is stark, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the savagery has occurred in majority Muslim countries, pundits are speedy to blamed Islam itself, instead of discovering the army of Muslim women who are fighting for their rights within the faith, and defending ladies- and themselves- at all costs.
Noura Hussein, a young lady from Sudan, affords an instructive and urgent illustration. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a marriage by her papa. She refused and fleeing from her family home 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 wedding schemes 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 accomplish the wedding for a number of eras. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly aggressive. Noura’s husband crimes her, with the help of relatives who pinned her down during the act.
When the spouse returned the next day to recite the misdemeanour, Noura retaliated. She jabbed her husband a number of ages, eventually killing her rapist. She afterwards 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 category was offered the choice of either countenancing monetary seeks compensation for the violation, or hanging. They picked the latter. Now the family and community have 15 periods to request the convict. 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 extraordinary in a world where intimate partner savagery is abounding. 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 speciman are other Sudanese Muslim maidens. The advocates working on the case in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and text of such cases contacted me through another Sudanese writer’s Instagram and blogposts. The majority of parties fighting for Noura are maidens, Muslim women.
This reality flies in the face of those who claim that Muslim females are subdued, submissive or believe in a religion that takes away their rights. It likewise stands in terminated opposition to men who try to use a warped version of sharia to vindicate any one of the purposes of such a situation- the forced marriage, the crime, the sentencing. The females bickering on Noura’s behalf point to both statute and theology: to be united without authorization is proscribe in Islam. Child marriage is still practised, although women continue to fight the laws and habits that allow it.
However, as happens very often in cases like this, the legend becomes an opportunity for the broadcast of grudges and prejudices about Islam, through the argument of advocating for women’s rights. Islam is murderous, people will say, because of how they consider their women- and appear, here is an example that reinforces that disagreement!
Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura be an example of how that is fundamentally inappropriate. The encumbrance on Muslim maidens is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the stupidity of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal criteria that exist within readings of sharia throughout the world. To paraphrase Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever face a catch-2 2. However, when the fight genuinely is on, 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 persecution?
* Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical operator, social counselor, and novelist. Visit her website here