Islam is often blamed for violence towards subdued wives. The occasion of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, pictures otherwise, says social advocate and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied

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

This is not news, and yet, the difference in how this violence is discussed is stark, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the violence occurs in majority Muslim people, pundits are quick to blame Islam itself, instead of noticing the army of Muslim women who are fighting for their rights within the faith, and defending females- and themselves- at all costs.

Noura Hussein, a young lady from Sudan, supplies an helpful and urgent example. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a matrimony by her leader. She accepted and escaped from her family 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 wed schemes had been cancelled, and she was welcome to come home.

On her return, it became apparent that “shes had” been tricked. The wedding ceremony was underway, and Noura was duly “given” to the groom. Distraught, the 19 -year-old refused to consummate the wedding for a number of epoches. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly vigorous. Noura’s husband raped her, with the aid of relatives who pinned her down during the act.

When the husband returned the next day to repeat the felony, Noura retaliated. She jabbed her husband a number of eras, ultimately killing her rapist. She thereafter returned to her family, who reportedly then disinherited 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 family was offered the choice of either consenting monetary seeks compensation for the crime, or executing. They opted the latter. Now the family and community have 15 daylights to appeal the convict. They are waiting to overrule the decision to execute Noura for representing herself against physical and sexual violence, and steering an impossible situation that no young woman should ever face.

Noura’s narration is perhaps not unique in a macrocosm where intimate partner violence is rife. However, “theres anything” about Noura’s case that is indicative of a wider truth. The majority of people involved in raising awareness about this young woman’s case are other Sudanese Muslim women. The advocates working on the subject in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and message of such cases contacted me through another Sudanese writer’s Instagram and blogposts. The majority of parties fighting for Noura are women, Muslim women.

This reality flies in the face of those who claim that Muslim females are subdued, submissive or think this is a religion that takes away their rights. It likewise is currently in terminated opposition to men who try to use a warped version of sharia to justify any part of such a situation- the forced marriage, the rape, the sentencing. The dames indicating on Noura’s behalf point to both rule and theology: to be united without agree is forbidden in Islam. Child marriage is still practised, although women continue to fight the laws and habits that allow it.

However, as happens so often in cases like this, the story becomes an opportunity for the televise of grievances and prejudices about Islam, through the polemic of proposing for women’s rights. Islam is brutal, beings will say, because of how they plow their women- and gaze, here is an example that reinforces that contention!

Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura be an example of how that is fundamentally mistaken. The load on Muslim females 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 interpretations of sharia around the world. To restate 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 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 architect, social counselor, and novelist. Inspect her website here


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