Islam is often blamed for violence towards persecuted girls. The example of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, evidences otherwise, says social advocate and scribe Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Violence against girls does not discriminate. One in three women across the globe know-how 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 insinuate partnership.
This is not news, and hitherto, 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 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 ladies- and themselves- at all costs.
Noura Hussein, a young lady from Sudan, affords an instructive and urgent precedent. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a union by her parent. She refused and escaped 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 schedules 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 groom. Distraught, the 19 -year-old refused to consummate the matrimony for a number of daylights. Within the week, her husband’s tactics is becoming aggressive. Noura’s partner crimes her, with the aid of relatives who pinned her down during the act.
When the partner returned the next day to repeat the crime, Noura retaliated. She jabbed her husband a number of periods, ultimately killing her rapist. She thereafter returned to her family, who was allegedly then disinherited her and turned her over to the police.
Over a year later, on 29 April, 2018, Noura was convicted of murder. On 10 May, she was sentenced to death. His family was offered the choice of either abiding money seeks compensation for the crime, or executing. They choice the latter. Now the family and community have 15 epoches to appeal the convict. They are hoping to nullify the decision to execute Noura for protecting herself against physical and sexual violence, and steering an impossible situation that no young woman should ever face.
Noura’s story is perhaps not unusual in a macrocosm where intimate partner violence is rampant. However, “theres 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 ladies. The lawyers “workin on” the example 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 beings fighting for Noura are women, Muslim women.
This reality flies in the face of those who claim that Muslim females are crushed, submissive 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 dames bickering on Noura’s behalf point to both principle and theology: to be wedded without agree is forbidden in Islam. Child marriage is still practiced, although women continue to fight the laws and traditions that allow it.
However, as happens so often in cases like this, the storey becomes an opportunity for the send of grudges and racisms about Islam, through the contention of advocating for women’s rights. Islam is brutal, beings will say, because of how they plow their women- and ogle, here is an example that reinforces that argument!
Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura be an example of how that is fundamentally faulty. The onu on Muslim females is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the stupidity of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal norms that exist within versions of sharia around the world. To paraphrase Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever face a catch-2 2. However, when the fight truly 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 oppression?
* Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical architect, social counsel, and scribe. Trip her website here