Islam is often blamed for violence towards oppressed dames. The instance of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, pictures otherwise, says social advocate and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Violence against girls does not discriminate. One in three women in all regions of the world knowledge physical or forms of sexual violence in their 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 countries, scholars 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 wives- and themselves- at all costs.
Noura Hussein, a young lady from Sudan, provisions an helpful and urgent precedent. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a marriage 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 text that the marry projects 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 matrimony for a number of periods. Within the week, her husband’s tactics is becoming vigorous. Noura’s husband raped her, with the help of relatives who pinned her down during the act.
When the husband returned the next day to repeat the crime, Noura retaliated. She stabbed her husband a number of times, ultimately killing her rapist. She thereafter returned to her family, who were allegedly then disavowed her and turned her over to the police.
Over a year later, on 29 April, 2018, Noura was imprisoned of murder. On 10 May, she was sentenced to death. His family was offered the choice of either consenting monetary seeks compensation for the crime, or execution. They choice the latter. Now the family and community have 15 eras to appeal the sentence. They wished to be invalidate the decision to execute Noura for protecting herself against physical and sexual violence, and navigating an hopeless situation that no young lady should ever face.
Noura’s storey is perhaps not extraordinary in a nature where intimate partner violence is abounding. Nonetheless, 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 instance in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and statement of the case reached 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 dames are persecuted, subservient or believe in a religion that takes away their rights. It also stands 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 abuse, the sentencing. The ladies debating on Noura’s behalf point to both principle and theology: to be wedded without assent is forbidden 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 storey becomes an opportunity for the publicize of grudges and prejudices about Islam, through the proof of advocating for women’s rights. Islam is violent, people will say, because of how they treat their women- and look, here is an example that reinforces that contention!
Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura be an example of how that is fundamentally faulty. The onu on Muslim girls is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the ignorance of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal criteria that exist within renderings 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, 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 engineer, social counsel, and novelist. Stay her website here