Petition Against the execution of Sudanese Christian woman

Posted on May 29, 2014

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Islam has always been for freedom of choice with respect to one’s faith. In the Qur’an in Chapter 2, verse 256, God orders, “Let there be no compulsion in religion” Although apostasy is a sin in Islam, never during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (s) was an apostate put to death simply for choosing another faith than Islam. Doing so would have been a violation of the divine injunctin in chapter 2, verse 256. It is for this reason that Muslims globally must stand against the execution of any person simply because he or she chooses another faith. To this end, we encourage to click on the link below to sign a petition to the government of Sudan to exhort to immediately stop the execution of the Sudanese Christian woman, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, who was recently condemned to death for “apostasy”, and to free her at once.

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese mother, doctor and Christian, has been sentenced to flogging and death unless she recants her Christian faith. She was 8 months pregnant when she was arrested and has now given birth to a baby girl. Her baby and her two-year-old son are with her in prison. Please, join the international community in asking Sudan not to execute her for being a Christian.

Ibrahim is charged with adultery on the grounds that her marriage to a Christian man from South Sudan is considered void under Shari’a law, for which the penalty is flogging. She’s also charged with apostasy, or abandonment of religion, for which the penalty is death.

Meriam is the daughter of a Christian woman and Muslim man. She was raised Christian after her father left. However, Sudanese law mandates that children born to Muslim fathers are considered Muslim.

When I read the news about Meriam, I couldn’t sit back and do nothing so I started this petition. People around the world rallied to raise awareness to #bringbackourgirls kidnapped Nigeria, I hope the world will also stand up for Meriam.

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.

Call upon the Government of Sudan to respect the right to freedom of religion and stop the execution! Please CLICK HERE to sign the petition to save the life of Meriam Yehya Ibrahim.

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