Reports are flying around the internet about a 27 year old pregnant young woman in Sudan who yesterday was sentenced to 100 lashes for the crime of adultery and death by hanging for the crime of apostasy by the judge at the Public Order Court in El Haj Yousif Khartoum.
Meriam was condemned for adultery, because she is married to a Christian man, and Sharia law doesn’t recognize marriage between a Muslim and a person of another religion. The death sentence was given for apostosy because she refuses to recant her Christian faith and convert to (or “return to”) Islam.
One report documents that Meriam, eight months pregnant, stood before the court yesterday and calmly told the judge, “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.” In response, the judge handed down the sentence of death.
BBC reports: “We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death,” the judge told the woman, AFP reports.
According to multiple websites, Meriam Yahia Ibrahim’s father was Muslim, and her mother was Ethiopian Orthodox Christian. According to Sharia law, this means that Meriam is recognized as Muslim. However, since Meriam’s father left them when she was six years old, her mother raised her as a Christian. Now she faces death for the only faith she has ever known.
And it’s 2014.
And Meriam’s situation makes most of our problems seem pretty petty and small, too.
I’m not sure what the internet can do to help this courageous woman, but I’m certain that praying for her is a good start, and helping to spread the word. Please share this story with your friends on whatever social media you use (#prayformeriam), and remember Meriam Yahia Ibrahim and her family in your prayers.
Also, Meriam’s husband is an American citizen, and he had been trying to get her to America when she was arrested. If you are an American, contact your congressman or representative, and request that they also do something to put pressure on the Sudanese government. This woman is the wife of an American, and should be protected by the United States.