Islam is often blamed for violence towards suppressed women. The occasion of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, evidences otherwise, says social advocate and writer Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Violence against women does not discriminate. One in three women across the globe event physical or sexual violence in “peoples 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 intimate 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 brutality occurs in majority Muslim countries, pundits are speedy to blame Islam itself, instead of noticing the army of Muslim women who are fighting for their rights within the faith, and representing maidens- and themselves- at all costs.

Noura Hussein, a young lady from Sudan, provisions an helpful and urgent example. At persons under the age of 16, Noura was forced into a matrimony by her father. 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 wedding 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 matrimony for a number of epoches. Within the week, her husband’s tactics became increasingly aggressive. Noura’s partner abused 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 jabbed her husband a number of seasons, eventually killing her rapist. She thereafter returned to her family, who were allegedly then disowned her and turned her over to the police.

Over a year later, on 29 April, 2018, Noura was imprisoned of assassination. On 10 May, she was sentenced to death. His family was offered the choice of either admitting monetary seeks compensation for the crime, or executing. They chose the latter. Now the family and community have 15 daylights to appeal the sentence. They wished to be invalidate the decision to execute Noura for representing herself against physical and sexual violence, and navigating an impossible situation that no young lady should ever face.

Noura’s legend is perhaps not odd in a macrocosm where intimate partner violence is rife. 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 ladies. The advocates “workin on” the instance in Washington DC are members of the Sudanese diaspora, and parole of the case 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 ladies are suppressed, subservient or believes in a religion that takes away their rights. It likewise is currently in complete opposition to men who try to use a warped form of sharia to justify any part of such a situation- the forced marriage, the rape, the sentencing. The wives bickering on Noura’s behalf point to both constitution and theology: to be wedded without assent is forbidden in Islam. Child marriage is still practised, although women continue to fight the laws and institutions that allow it.

However, as happens so often in cases like this, the fib becomes an opportunity for the publicize of grudges and prejudices about Islam, through the proof of advocating for women’s rights. Islam is brutal, parties will say, because of how they consider their women- and appear, here is an example that reinforces that argument!

Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura set an example of how that is fundamentally incorrect. The load on Muslim females is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the stupidity of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal criteria that exist within readings of sharia around the world. To restate Dr Susan Carland, Muslim women forever face a catch-2 2. However, when the fight absolutely 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 propose, and writer. Trip her website here


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