Christian Pregnant Mother in Sudan Sentenced to Death, 100 Lashes on Mother's Day

Sudan, May 12, 2014

A Christian mother living in Sudan, pregnant with her second child, was sentenced to 100 lashes and death on Mother's Day for adultery and apostasy, a persecution watchdog group revealed.

"We grieve today at the sentencing to death of a mother, pregnant with her second child, for the expression of her faith and legal marriage to a practicing Christian," said International Christian Concern Regional Manager William Stark.

"The handing down of such an extreme punishment under a law inspired by the al-Turabi radicalism of the early al-Bashir regime brings into question the direction Sudan intends to head following South Sudanese succession. Having embraced policies of Islamization and Arabization in the past, ICC fears Meriam could be the first of many more Christians to suffer under an increasingly radicalized Sudanese government intent on enforcing Shari'ah (Islamic) law throughout the land."

The woman, 27-year old Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, received the sentencing on Sunday, when the U.S. celebrated Mother's Day. She appeared before El Haj Yousif Public Order Court in Khartoum, Sudan.

ICC reported that Ibrahim was raised as an Orthodox Christian, is a graduate of Khartoum University and was a practicing MD. She married a South Sudanese Christian, Daniel Wani, but since she was born in Sudan, a heavily Islamic country, she is officially considered a Muslim, which makes her marriage to a non-Muslim illegal in Sudan's court system.

She has been kept at the Omdurman Federal Women's Prison with her 20-month-old son since Feb. 17, separate from Wani. Ibrahim's sentence is expected to be carried out following the birth of her second child.

Christian aid agencies have been helping followers of Christ flee persecution at the hands of the Islamic government in Sudan, after South Sudan gained independence in 2011. Barnabas Fund organized efforts in 2013 that helped 8,000 Christians flee to safety into South Sudan but said that other Christians remain stranded in Sudan.

"In the North the government is becoming increasingly anti-Christian," Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, the international director of Barnabas Fund, said in an August 2013 interview with The Christian Post.

"The North is heavily Sharia-based and strongly anti-Christian. So we've got situations where women are arrested for breaching Sharia law on dress, and can then be whipped and imprisoned. That is a major problem," he added, noting that a number of Christian churches have been attacked as well.

Sudan underwent a major civil war between 1983 and 2005, which resulted in almost 2 million casualties, many of whom were Christians from the South.

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has also found President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's Sudanese government to be guilty of "systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of freedom of religion or belief."

USCIRF's 2014 Annual Report states that Sudan uses "a restrictive interpretation of Shari'ah law on Muslims and non-Muslims alike, using amputations and floggings for crimes and acts of 'indecency' and 'immorality' and arresting Christians for proselytizing."

The Christian Post


Ed Williams6/2/2014 2:46 am
Marslites, please don't insult the dogs of the world!
Laura Drexler5/23/2014 10:18 am
As the daughter of a Muslim man, Sharia law dictates that she is Muslim, even though she grew up in a Christian home. The law also states that (as an assumed Muslim) she can only marry a Muslim. Because she married a Christian, and professes Christianity, she is convicted under Sundanese law of both apostasy and adultery.
G5/17/2014 11:29 am
Adultery still unacceptable in Christianity/jewfdisim and has some clergy penalties
Seraphima Shagoury5/17/2014 5:43 am
I can't bear that ONE OF OUR OWN is sentenced to death!! Someone help her!
bill5/17/2014 3:45 am
That's the Muslim faith in a nutshell. Makes you wanna join, right!
Marie Stoltz5/16/2014 10:19 pm
Lord have mercy! We need to pray for these hateful people, that their eyes will be opened to the Holy Spirit. With God all things are possible.
Alyson5/16/2014 12:41 pm
How can we make a difference to this?
Gerasimos5/15/2014 2:38 am
Islam the religion of animals, of antichrists.Mohamed was nothing but a lunatic, filled with blood and murder and hatred. "You shall know them by their fruits." What are the fruits of Islam? Intolerance, lack of forgiveness, hatred, in justice, moral corruption, spiritual degradation and the death of souls. Anathema,Anathema Anethema!
d paizis5/15/2014 1:48 am
what can one say? satan and his devils are running rampant in this lost world. Lord have mercy!
Tom Rawling5/14/2014 7:24 pm
Who do we write to about this? Is there a way to overturn the sentence?
marslites5/14/2014 9:19 am
Shoot every god damn radical muslim until they are all gone. There is no other way to deal with them. They are dogs.
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