Islam is often blamed for violence towards subjugated dames. The subject of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, demo otherwise, says social advocate and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Violence against dames does not discriminate. One in three women in all regions of the world event 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 hitherto, significant differences in how this violence is discussed is striking, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the savagery occurs in majority Muslim commonwealths, 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 ladies- and themselves- at all costs.

Noura Hussein, a young lady from Sudan, supplies an instructive and urgent pattern. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a matrimony by her leader. She refused 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 term that the bridal proposes 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 wedlock for a number of eras. Within the week, her husband’s tactics was increasingly vigorous. Noura’s husband abused her, with the aid of relatives who pinned her down during the act.

When the spouse returned the next day to repeat the felony, Noura retaliated. She stabbed her husband a number of meters, eventually 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 assassinate. On 10 May, she was sentenced to death. His family was offered the choice of either consenting monetary compensation for the misdemeanour, or executing. They selected the latter. Now the family and community have 15 daytimes to appeal the convict. They are hoping to overrule the decision to execute Noura for protecting herself against physical and sexual violence, and steering an hopeless situation that no young lady should ever face.

Noura’s tale is perhaps not rare in a nature where intimate partner violence 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 case are other Sudanese Muslim girls. The lawyers working on the suit in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and term of such cases reached 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 wives are crushed, subservient or believe in a religion that takes away their rights. It too is currently in ended opposition to men who try to use a warped version of sharia to justify any part of such a situation- the forced marriage, the assault, the sentencing. The females quarrelling on Noura’s behalf point to both rule and theology: to be marriage without assent is forbidden in Islam. Child marriage is still practised, although women continue to fight the laws and traditions that allow it.

However, as happens so often in cases like this, the tale becomes an opportunity for the airing of grudges and prejudices about Islam, through the arguing of proposing for women’s rights. Islam is brutal, parties “ve said”, because of how they consider their women- and search, here is an example that fortifies that dispute!

Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura be an example of how that is fundamentally faulty. The headache on Muslim wives 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 versions of sharia around the world. To rephrase 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 technologist, social counsel, and novelist. Visit her website here


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