Islam is often blamed for violence towards subjugated dames. The example of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to extinction, testifies otherwise, says social propose and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Violence against ladies does not discriminate. One in three women across the globe experience physical or sexual violence in “peoples lives”, regardless of race, age or income. Intimate partner violence is the most common sort, 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 such violence is discussed is stark, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the brutality occurs in majority Muslim countries, scholars are speedy to accuse Islam itself, instead of noticing the army of Muslim women who are fighting for their own rights within the faith, and defending women- and themselves- at all costs.

Noura Hussein, a young woman from Sudan, supplies an helpful and pressing precedent. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a wedding by her papa. She repudiated and fled from their own families dwelling near Khartoum to stay with her aunt in Sennar, around 250 kilometres away. She lived there for three years, determined to finish her education, when she received word that the wedding projects had been cancelled, and she was welcome to come home.

On her yield, 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 accomplish the union for a number of periods. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly aggressive. Noura’s husband crimes her, with the assistance of relatives who pinned her down during the act.

When the partner returned the next day to recite the violation, Noura retaliated. She stabbed her husband a number of times, eventually killing her rapist. She afterwards returned to her family, who reportedly then disinherited her and passed 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 demise. His kinfolk was offered the choice of either admitting money seeks compensation for the felony, or executing. They opted the latter. Now the family and community have 15 epoches to plead the convict. They are hoping to overrule 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 uncommon in a nature where intimate marriage savagery is rife. However, there is something about Noura’s case that is indicative of a wider fact. The majority of people involved in raising awareness about this young woman’s example are other Sudanese Muslim females. The advocates working on the occurrence in Washington DC belong to the Sudanese diaspora, and text of such cases reached me through another Sudanese writer’s Instagram and blogposts. The majority of beings fighting for Noura are girls, Muslim women.

This reality flies in the appearance of those who assertion that Muslim dames are persecuted, 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 version of sharia to justify any part of such a situation- the forced marriage, the abuse, the sentencing. The maidens reasoning on Noura’s behalf point to both statute and theology: to be marriage without authorization is preclude in Islam. Child marriage is still rehearsed, although women continue to fight the laws and traditions that allow it.

However, as happens so often in cases like this, the floor becomes an opportunity for the airing of grudges and racisms about Islam, through the debate of advocating for women’s rights. Islam is violent, beings will say, because of how they plow their women- and ogle, here is an example that reinforces that contention!

Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura set an example of how that is fundamentally inappropriate. The onu on Muslim ladies 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 explains of sharia around the world. To restate Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever appearance a catch-2 2. Nonetheless, when the fight truly is on, 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 repression?

* Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical technologist, social exponent, and scribe. Call her website here


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