Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Hang for Refusing to Convert to Islam Gives Birth

Ibrahim Credit Daniel WaniKHARTOUM, Sudan – A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to convert to Islam has given birth in prison, reports state.

As previously reported, Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was officially sentenced on May 15th after she was convicted of apostasy against Islam for professing to be an Orthodox Christian. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father, but was raised by an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian mother as the father left the home when Ibrahim was a child. In Sudan, children are expected to follow the religion of their fathers, and her father’s family had reportedly turned her into authorities for rejecting Islam.

Ibrahim was also sentenced to 100 lashes for allegedly committing “zena”—that is, having illegitimate sex by marrying a non-Muslim. The expectant mother married a professing Christian man, Daniel Wani, in 2011, and the two have an 18-month old son together, along with the child in Ibrahim’s womb. Sudanese law prohibits women from marrying non-Muslims, although men can marry whomever they wish without penalty.

Ibrahim was convicted of apostasy on May 11th for rejecting Islam and was given four days to recant, which would have saved her life. Unlike others who have faced similar sentences in Sudan, she refused to convert.

“I am a Christian,” she declared before the court, “and I will remain a Christian.”

“We gave you three days to recant, but you insist on not returning to Islam,” Judge Abbas Khalifa told Ibrahim, as reported by the AFP. “I sentence you to be hanged to death.”

‘My wife is very, very strong. She is stronger than me,” her husband Daniel told the Daily Mail. “When they sentenced her to death, I broke down and tears were streaming down my eyes. Our lawyers were passing me tissues. But she stayed strong.”

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“She did not flinch when she was sentenced,” he added. “It was amazing to see, particularly because she is the one facing the death penalty.”

The court had also ruled that after Ibrahim gives birth, she was to receive the 100 lashes, and would be permitted to nurse the child for two years before the execution would be carried out.

On Tuesday, Ibrahim gave birth to a baby girl in the hospital wing of the prison, who she named Maya. According to reports, Ibrahim’s husband sought to visit his wife and newborn daughter in prison, but was not allowed.

In the meantime, international human rights groups are decrying Ibrahim’s sentence, which is now on appeal.

“The fact that a woman could be sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion, is abhorrent and should never be even considered,” Manar Idriss of Amnesty International told reporters.

Over 60 percent of Sudan identifies as Muslim, and the nation’s president, Omar al-Bashir, also an adherent to Islam, seeks to enforce Sharia law.

“Conversion from Islam is a crime punishable by death, suspected converts to Christianity face societal pressures, and government security personnel intimidate and sometimes torture those suspected of conversion,” reads a report written by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.


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  • Estrellita Santana

    I pray that this women will remain strong, God has a plan he will not let her stand alone. May all the angel from heaven surround her and protect her from this punishment that is so crazy. God hears your heart. AMEN

  • abinet

    Almighty GOD be with her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Jesus Christ will set her free !!!AMEN.

  • Natalie

    Meriam Ibrahim is teaching all of us that we as born again believers can stand for God no matter the circumstances. Millions of people throughout history have willingly died for their faith. If Meriam can do it by her Faith, so can other born- again believers . That does not mean Meriam should seek out suffering or death for Christ, but it does mean that, if she is presented with the choice of “die or deny Christ,” we will be bold and cling to Christ. Meriam’s love for God will take her as far as God’s love for Meriam took Him—to death. Jesus will prepare Meriam for her persecution for Christ who says: “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:32–33). Meriam is showing all of us what it looks like to stand firm in not denying Jesus.

    Another lesson Meriam being a martyr is teaching all of us is that she will receive a reward for standing for her faith.Revelation 20:4–6paints a picture of the reward of Meriam’s awaiting.

    Jesus will attach a blessing to Meriam who is a suffering Christian facing in this world: “Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man” (Luke 6:22).

    Meriam is a model of grace under pressure. She teach each one of us how to handlepersecutionof any kind.

    Those who persecute Christians often have a goal of humiliating them and making them believe the hatred toward them is justified. But Jesus told us ahead of time of their true motivation: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:18–19). The numerous Christian martyrs throughout history were killed because they were chosen by Christ and do not belong to the world.

    Stand firm Meriam as you having so much courage knowing that you are in the hands of the Almighty God, as I’m praying 4 God to soften the executioner’s heart & to send you to another country in order that your execution will be stopped as I have a lot of faith in God more than man my dear sister in Christ, as God will make you win this battle Meriam & I know you won’t die, however more than likely your executioners will start repenting to God, in Jesus name my dear sister in Christ. Keep staying firm as I know God has another plan 4 you in this life as your mission is not over as you have more souks to save on this earth & your new baby daughter you & your hubby have to take care of. Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you sister in Christ. GID won’t allow you to get executed as you have your daughter to take care of. Thank you Heavenly Father 4looking after my sister in Christ & know what’s best in her life.

    Love from your sister in Christ from Australia Natalie Capaldi XOXOXO

  • Natalie

    Meriam in the last paragraph I meant God won’t allow you to get executed as you have your precious daughter to take care of. It was my spelling error sister, plz forgive me!!!

  • http://Google Cristina Lacrosse

    I thank you Father for Meriam. I thank you for her commitment to you. I thank you Father for the strength you have given her. I pray that you will continue to strengthen her Father. I thank you for your Word 1 Peter 4:12-14:

    12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

    13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

    14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

    I ask you Sovereign Father that you will have mercy on Meriam, do not let her persecutors to go ahead with the flogging. Save her Almighty God from her death sentence. Loving Father I ask you for the protection of Meriam ‘s children. Save them merciful Father, let the family be reunited. I thank you Father for all over the world you children are united asking for justice and mercy for the release of Meriam, our sister in Christ. Above all may The Lord Jesus your Son be glorified in all things. Thank you Father.

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  • http://basher.radiantbrow.com cartuun kumar

    Some countries pretended to be democratic but not that.They inflicts their people by the name of religion.They should follow real democracy which uphold people’s freedom to choose intention and wish.