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