Islam is often is the responsibility of brutality towards suppressed dames. The example of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to demise, depicts otherwise, says social counselor and novelist Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Violence against girls does not discern. One in three women across the globe experience physical or sexual violence in “peoples lives”, regardless of hasten, age or income. Intimate partner violence is the most common structure, 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 striking, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the violence are presented in majority Muslim countries, scholars are quick to blamed Islam itself, instead of observing military forces of Muslim women who are fighting for their own rights within the faith, and representing girls- and themselves- at all costs.
Noura Hussein, a young woman from Sudan, renders an instructive and pressing instance. At the age of 16, Noura was forced into a marriage by her father-god. She repudiated and escaped from her family 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 hopes had been cancelled, and she was welcome to come home.
On her income, it became apparent that she had been tricked. The wedding ceremony was underway, and Noura was duly “given” to the bridegroom. Distraught, the 19 -year-old refused to accomplish the union for a number of daylights. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly vigorous. Noura’s husband abused her, with the assistance of relatives who pinned her down during the act.
When the partner reverted the next day to recur the crime, Noura retaliated. She stabbed her husband a number of periods, ultimately killing her rapist. She thereafter returned to their own families, that were allegedly then disowned her and rotated 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 fatality. His kinfolk was offered the choice of either admitting money compensation for the crime, or executing. They opted the latter. Now the family and parish have 15 daytimes to petition the sentence. They are hoping to overturn the decision to execute Noura for representing herself against physical and sexual violence, and navigating an impossible situation that no young woman should ever face.
Noura’s story is perhaps not extraordinary in a nature where intimate spouse violence is abounding. Nonetheless, there is something about Noura’s case that is indicative of a wider reality. The majority of people involved in raising awareness about this young woman’s example are other Sudanese Muslim females. The solicitors working on the case in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and statement of such cases reached me through another Sudanese writer’s Instagram and blogposts. The majority of beings fighting for Noura are ladies, Muslim women.
This reality flies in the face of those who demand that Muslim girls are suppressed, subservient or believe in a religion that takes away their own rights. It also stands in ended opposition to all those people who try to use a warped version of sharia to vindicate any part of such different situations- the forced marriage, the crime, the sentencing. The dames disagreeing on Noura’s behalf point to both principle and theology: to be united without permission is prohibit in Islam. Child marriage is still rehearsed, although women continue to fight the laws and institutions that allow it.
However, as happens so often in cases like this, the narrative becomes an opportunity for the airing of grievances and racisms about Islam, through the arguing of preaching for women’s rights. Islam is brutal, parties will say, because of how they plow their women- and ogle, here is an example that reinforces that polemic!
Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura set an example of how that is fundamentally inappropriate. The burden on Muslim wives 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 of all the countries. To restate Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever appearance a catch-2 2. However, 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 cruelty?
* Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical architect, social advocate, and scribe. Inspect her website here