Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Hang for Refusing to Convert to Islam to be Freed

Ibrahim Credit Daniel WaniKHARTOUM, Sudan – A Sudanese woman who was sentenced to death by hanging for refusing to convert to Islam will soon be freed, 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.”

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.

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But amid international outcry, reports state that Ibrahim will be freed by the Sudanese government and will not face death.

“The related authorities in the country are working to release Meriam through legal measures,” Abdullahi Alazreg, under-secretary at Sudan’s ministry of foreign affairs, told reporters on Saturday. “I expect her to be released soon.”

But some are skeptical of the announcement, including her attorney Elshareef Ali Mohammed.

“It’s a statement to silence the international media,” he said. “This is what the government does. We will not believe that she is being freed until she walks out of the prison.”

“They could just be saying this just to get everyone off their backs. We have seen them do that before,” Tina Ramierez of the religious freedom organization Hardwired told MailOnline. “Its essential that we keep the pressure up until Meriam is actually freed.”

In the meantime, petitions continue to be underway worldwide calling for Ibrahim’s release. Amnesty International has reportedly gathered over 200,000 signatures in its petition drive, and the BeHeard project has over 305,000 signatures.

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  • Heather Clayton-Callaghan

    Hallelujah, Praise You Lord !!!!! Your truth & faithfulness endures forever. I continue to hold this husband & wife & li’l ones, before your throne of grace and mercy. Victory is yours Lord, protect them, that the evil one shall not snatch anyone of them out of your secure.grasp. Envelope them in your mighty love, with guardian angels at every turn. Thankyou GOD for honouring her faithfulness and for answering our many prayers. Refuse to allow the decision makers to go back on their word oh Lord, and have her released unharmed asap. Protect her and them all from any further accusations from the extended family members. Let your victory be shouted far and wide and be the strength needed to all who love and serve you on these countries, so that the works of the evil one will be quashed and brought to nought.Oh lord, that we who have such freedom to love & serve you, would understand the privilege state we live in and on our knees pray this glorious freedom may never taken away !!! We must be exceptional guardians of our faith for our children and their children and on into each generation. Because : “Evil will only prevail when Good people do nothing!!!!! ” Do NOT be found wanting when you are called to answer on judgement day !!!!! Praise & Thanks be to God,the Son and the Holy Spirit, AMEN <3

  • Jason

    May the Lord Bless this Woman, in his Kingdom, for being devout while possibly facing death.

    John 15:20 “Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.”

    John 15:18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”

    Matthew 10:22 ‘You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”

    Acts 9:16 “I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

    John 15:21 “They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.”

    Matthew 24:9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.”

    Luke 21:17 “Everyone will hate you because of me.”

    Matthew 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.”

  • God is victorious. Always! Resist evil and it WILL flee! Thanks to the millions of Christians for their unceasing prayers for this young lady of faith.