Islam is often blamed for violence towards crushed ladies. The example of Noura Hussein, who is sentenced to death, demonstrates otherwise, says social advocate and scribe Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Violence against maidens does not discriminate. One in three women across the globe know-how 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 hitherto, the difference in how this violence is discussed is stark, depending on where and by whom it has been perpetrated. When the savagery 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 protecting women- and themselves- at all costs.

Noura Hussein, a young woman from Sudan, supports an instructive and urgent sample. At persons under the age of 16, Noura was forced into a marriage by her leader. 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 parole that the wedding proposes 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 daylights. Within the week, her husband’s tactics is becoming aggressive. Noura’s husband raped her, with the assistance 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 ages, ultimately killing her rapist. She thereafter returned to her family, who reportedly then rejected 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 monetary seeks compensation for the crime, or executing. They selected the latter. Now the family and community have 15 dates to appeal the convict. They wished to be nullify the decision to execute Noura for defending herself against physical and sexual violence, and steering an impossible situation that no young lady should ever face.

Noura’s legend is perhaps not peculiar 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 advocates working on the occurrence 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 ladies are oppressed, subservient or believes in a religion that takes away their rights. It too stands in complete 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 united without assent is forbidden in Islam. Child marriage is still practised, although women continue to fight the laws and traditions that allow it.

However, as happens so often in cases like this, the fib becomes an opportunity for the transmit of grudges and prejudices about Islam, through the controversy 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 controversy!

Let the women who are advocates for #JusticeForNoura be an example of how that is fundamentally faulty. The load on Muslim maidens is impossibly heavy- to defend themselves against both the ignorance of non-Muslims with an Islamophobic agenda, and the deeply patriarchal standards that exist within interpretations of sharia around the world. To paraphrase 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 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 operator, social campaigner, and columnist. Visit her website here


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