Islam is often blamed for violence towards subdued wives. The event of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, shows otherwise, says social advocate and scribe Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Violence against dames does not discriminate. One in three women in all regions of the world ordeal physical or 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 numerous as two out of three women who have ever been in an intimate partnership.
This is not news, and hitherto, the differences among how this 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 quick to blame Islam itself, instead of noticing the army of Muslim women who are fighting for their rights within the faith, and defending maidens- and themselves- at all costs.
Noura Hussein, a young lady from Sudan, plies an helpful and urgent lesson. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a union by her father-god. She refused and escaped from her family home near Khartoum to stay with her aunt in Sennar, around 250 kilometers away. She lived there for three years, determined to finish her education, when she received message that the marry schedules 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 groom. Distraught, the 19 -year-old refused to consummate the marriage for a number of eras. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly vigorous. Noura’s husband raped her, with the assistance of relatives who pinned her down during the act.
When the husband returned the next day to repeat the crime, Noura retaliated. She jabbed her husband a number of times, 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 convicted of assassinate. On 10 May, she was sentenced to death. His family was offered the choice of either consenting money compensation for the crime, or execution. They elected the latter. Now the family and community have 15 daytimes to appeal the sentence. They are hoping to invalidate the decision to execute Noura for representing herself against physical and sexual violence, and navigating an hopeless situation that no young lady should ever face.
Noura’s legend is perhaps not unusual in a macrocosm where intimate partner violence is rife. 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 solicitors “workin on” the suit in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and statement of such cases contacted me through another Sudanese writer’s Instagram and blogposts. The majority of people fighting for Noura are women, Muslim women.
This reality flies in the face of those who claim that Muslim girls are subdued, submissive or believe in a religion that takes away their rights. It also stands in ended opposition to men who try to use a warped form of sharia to justify any one of the purposes of such a situation- the forced marriage, the abuse, the sentencing. The dames bickering on Noura’s behalf point to both rule and theology: to be wedded without agree 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 fib becomes an opportunity for the televise of grievances and racisms about Islam, through the statement of advocating for women’s rights. Islam is violent, beings will say, because of how they plow their women- and gaze, here is an example that reinforces that debate!
Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura set an example to seeing how that is fundamentally inappropriate. The encumbrance on Muslim wives is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the ignorance of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal standards that exist within explains of sharia around the world. To rephrase Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever face a catch-2 2. However, when the fight rightfully 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 proponent, and scribe. Inspect her website here