Pregnant Sudanese Woman To Be Whipped & Hung For Apostasy

Fri, May 16, 2014 9:43am EST by 19 Comments
Sudanese Pregnant Woman Apostasy
Courtesy of CNN

An 8-months-pregnant Sudanese woman, Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, has been convicted of adultery for marrying a Christian man. Her sentencing? A brutal whipping, followed by death by hanging. Truly awful.

Meriam Yahya Ibrahim, 27, was ordered by a Sudanese court to abandon her adopted Christian faith and return to Islam — or she will be whipped and then hung. Her horrific sentencing is now making headlines, sparking international outrage.

Pregnant Sudanese Woman Faces Death For Apostasy

On Thursday, May 15, Sudanese Judge Abbas al Khalifa asked his pregnant defendant one question: Will you return to Islam?

Meriam, a married woman currently pregnant with her second child, bravely refused.

“I am a Christian,” Meriam declared defiantly, according to CNN, “and I will remain a Christian.”

That is when the court sentenced her to 100 lashes, followed with death by hanging. Outside, a group of over 50 protesters held up signs that read “Freedom of Religion.” Sadly, their protest against the court failed to save the pregnant woman.

Meriam was charged with adultery and apostasy, which is defined as the “abandonment or renunciation of a religion by a person.” She is considered a Muslim by default solely because she was born in Sudan, however, she was raised by her Christian mother and married a Christian man, her husband Daniel Wani.

Meriam’s marriage to Daniel is considered void under the Sharia law solely because he is Christian. For those of you that are unfamiliar with it, Sharia law is the moral code of Islam.

Government officials claim that the ruling can be appealed by a higher court, according to a report by Daily Mail.

Meriam’s Husband Is Devastated Over Her Death Sentence

Though Meriam remains strong and refuses to back down to the Sudanese court, her husband, Daniel, is terrified.

“I’m so frustrated. I don’t know what to do,” Daniel told CNN after his wife’s sentencing. “I’m just praying.”

Meriam’s legal team definitely plans to appeal the ruling, her attorney Mohamed Jar Elnabi told the news outlet.

“She is very strong and very firm. She is very clear that she is a Christian and that she will get out one day,” he said in regards to his client, Meriam. 

So far, the court has refused to allow Daniel into any of Meriam’s hearings. Since Daniel is confined to a wheelchair, he relies on his wife to help him take care of himself.

This is such a terrible story. We are sending thoughts and prayers to Meriam and her family, and we hope to see her regain her freedom and reunite with her family.

– Lauren Cox

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Posted at 12:41 PM on May 23, 2014  

Her name is easily identified as a Muslim name, and even if her mother is Christian, if her father is Muslim, she would be considered Muslim for this reason. If she were Muslim by default by simply being born in Sudan, why was her husband or mother, for that matter, not accused of apostasy? This story is obviously not telling all the facts.

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jackie

Posted at 10:42 PM on May 18, 2014  

As a Jewish woman I say that this woman is a hero. I don’t know if I would have the courage to stand up for my beliefs if me and my unborn child were put in the same situation.

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pictureamerica

Posted at 10:47 PM on May 16, 2014  

May 16. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim is a wonderful human being. The evangelical born again Athiest terriosts in Sudan that plan to kill Meriam Yehya Ibrahim need a good strong dose of Allah, Moses and Jesus Saves. Athiests all over the world are the real problem of Humanity. More religion is what the world needs. That’s the ticket.

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Rishna

Posted at 7:46 PM on May 16, 2014  

This is very common in Islamic countries and it is also happening Western countries like the UK, Australia, Canada…AND YES, even in the USA. It is forbidden for a Muslim to apostate from their religion. Today Islam is the only “religion” that leaving it is a death sentence. Sadly this is true.

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Posted at 5:13 PM on May 16, 2014  

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mays

Posted at 4:32 PM on May 16, 2014  

In my country before 3 weeks a girl was killed after being seriously injured by her christian family because she converted to islam and her whole family were hitting her then they shot her to death…
You just see what you want to see ..you have the idea that muslims are terrorists or horrible people and thats toatally wrong
You only show how stupid you are for blaming islam on everything and dismiss your religion mistakes
Have you ever read about islam from the right sources or you just wait for something to happen to blame islam on it?
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Rishna

Posted at 7:44 PM on May 16, 2014  

Really, link me to the story. If not you are not telling the truth. The majority of “honor killings” are in the Muslim community, and the second, which is very small, is the Hindu Community.

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rioz wahba

Posted at 1:29 PM on May 16, 2014  

Islam gives you the right to change your religion NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO TAKE WHAT YOUR RELIGION GIVES TO YOU ISLAM IS A CHOICE NOT AN ORDER WE HAVE A CHOICE TO BE MUSLIMS OR NOT

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Posted at 7:42 PM on May 16, 2014  

In Islam it is ordered that if you leave Islam…you will get the death penalty. That came from Muhammad himself.

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Posted at 11:22 AM on May 16, 2014  

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Posted at 10:58 AM on May 16, 2014  

so this country is still full of lunatics.

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Jaya

Posted at 10:04 AM on May 16, 2014  

Sudan is so disgusting. Which is why they will all go to hell. Smh. She should be able to be whatever she want’s and hopefully will live. Ill pray for her. What ignorance this country has!

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