A pregnant 27-year-old Sudanese doctor, Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag has been sentenced to death by hanging for 'apostasy' (the abandonment or renunciation of her religious faith) — after she married a Christian man. AP reports.
Ibrahim, who was born to a Muslim father but raised Orthodox Christian by her mother, was first sentenced on Sunday May 11, but she was given until Thursday May 15 to change her mind and convert back to Islam. However, she refused to do so..... maintained that she's a Christian and there's no going back.
Judge Abbas Mohammed Al-Khalifa:
We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death.
I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.
The judge also ordered her to be given 100 lashes for committing zina – adultery in Arabic — for having sexual relations with a non-Muslim man.
Defending the judgement of the Sudanese judge, Ahmed Bilal Osman, Sudan's information Minister, said such judgement is not only delivered in Sudan but also in other Islamic countries
It's not only Sudan. In Saudi Arabia, in all the Muslim countries, it is not allowed at all for a Muslim to change his/her religion.The couple married in 2011, and have an 18-month-old child.The death sentence will reportedly be carried out after Ibrahim gives birth (she is now eight-months pregnant)
Muslim women in Sudan are prohibited from marrying non-Muslims, though Muslim men can marry outside their faith. By law, children must follow their father's religion.
The following 21 nations treat apostasy under their criminal laws:
Sudan – illegal (death penalty)
Afghanistan – illegal (death penalty)
Egypt – illegal (3 years' imprisonment)
Iran – illegal (death penalty)
Jordan – illegal (fine, jail, child custody loss, marriage annulment)
Malaysia – illegal in five of 13 states (fine, imprisonment, and flogging)
Mauritania – illegal (death penalty if still apostate after 3 days)
Morocco – illegal (15 years' imprisonment)
Oman – legal in criminal code( but a father can lose custody of his child)
Pakistan – illegal (death penalty)
Qatar – illegal (death penalty)
Saudi Arabia – illegal (death penalty)
Somalia – illegal (death penalty)
United Arab Emirates – illegal (3 years' imprisonment, flogging)
Yemen – illegal (death penalty)