Islam is often blamed for savagery towards persecuted ladies. The occurrence of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, presents otherwise, says social counsel and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Violence against wives 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 flesh, 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 violence has occurred in majority Muslim countries, pundits are quick to blame Islam itself, instead of observing the army of Muslim women who are fighting for their rights within the faith, and defending women- and themselves- at all costs.

Noura Hussein, a young woman from Sudan, provides an instructive and urgent lesson. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a wedlock by her father-god. She accepted and fleeing from her family residence 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 wedding programs 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 accomplish the wedlock for a number of daylights. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly aggressive. Noura’s husband abused her, with the assistance provided by relatives who pinned her down during the act.

When the partner returned the next day to repeat the felony, Noura retaliated. She jabbed her husband a number of durations, ultimately killing her rapist. She thereafter returned to their own families, who reportedly then disowned her and turned her over to the police.

Over a year later, on 29 April, 2018, Noura was imprisoned of slaying. On 10 May, she was sentenced to death. His clas was offered the choice of either consenting money seeks compensation for the violation, or executing. They choice the latter. Now the family and parish have 15 eras to plead the sentence. They are hoping to overrule the decision to execute Noura for defending 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 world-wide where intimate collaborator savagery is rampant. 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 case are other Sudanese Muslim wives. The solicitors working on the example in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and parole of such cases contacted me through another Sudanese writer’s Instagram and blogposts. The majority of beings 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 also stands in complete 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 abuse, the sentencing. The girls bickering on Noura’s behalf point to both law and theology: to be united without authorization is forbidden 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 floor becomes an opportunity for the transmit of grudges and racisms about Islam, through the polemic of preaching for women’s rights. Islam is murderous, beings will say, because of how they treat their women- and seem, here is an example that reinforces that polemic!

Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura be an example of how that is fundamentally mistaken. The burden on Muslim females is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the stupidity of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal standards that exist within interpretings of sharia throughout the world. To paraphrase Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever face a catch-2 2. Nonetheless, when the fight genuinely is on, such 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 domination?

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


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