Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag – Sentenced to Death for Marrying Christian Man – to be Freed Along with 2 Children

In the middle of May, we reported on Meriam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, the Sudanese Christian woman that was to be flogged to death for marrying a Christian man. Just days after that report, a court handed down her sentence, which consisted of 100 lashings and then hanging, but not before she was given two years to nurse her new born baby, Maya, who was delivered at the end of May. Now, thanks to the public outcry from people all over the world, the Sudanese foreign ministry said that she will be freed within days.

The news came on Saturday via Voice of America:

Sudan’s foreign ministry says a Sudanese woman sentenced to hang for identifying herself as a Christian will be freed “within days,” following an international uproar over her conviction for apostasy.

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Ministry spokesman Abdullah al-Azraq announced the development late Saturday in Khartoum, just days after the woman — 27-year-old Mariam Yahya Ibrahim — gave birth in prison while awaiting her execution.

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A ministry statement said Azraq actually told media on Saturday “that the defence team of the concerned citizen has appealed the verdict … and if the appeals court rules in her favour, she will be released.”

Azraq said “the government does not interfere in the work of the judiciary because it is an independent body.”

“Some media took what the undersecretary said out of context, changing the meaning of what he said.”

The issue was not that Meriam had converted to Christianity, but that she was born into a family, in which her mother was Christian and her father was Muslim. However, her father abandoned the family and she was raised Christian. She also claims to have never embraced Islam, even though the laws of the Sudan state that children born to a Muslim father are Muslims.

Though Meriam was given four days to recant by the court, she expressed to her husband just prior to the birth of their second child, “If they want to execute me then they should go ahead and do it because I’m not going to change my faith.”

The sentencing took place under Shariah law, something we have been warning that Islam is advancing here in the US.

Apparently, there were also calls from the US State Department which also protested the ruling of the Kartoum government in light of the 2005 Constitution of Sudan guaranteeing the right to freedom of worship. However, we must remember who is in charge, Islam.

The State Department were not along in protesting the ruling. British Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as Amnesty International also condemned the ruling.

Yet, with all that has gone on, Meriam’s husband, Daniel Wani, says he does not believe she will be freed.

“No one has contacted me and I don’t think it will happen. We have submitted an appeal but they have not looked at it yet, so how is it that they will release her?” he said.

Perhaps, this may be just another ploy of taqiyya on the part of the Sudan to appease the outrage, but we must keep up the heat on what is going on with Meriam and her family.

Wani is a naturalized US citizen. I won’t hold my breath that Barack Obama would get this family on a fast track into the US like he did for tens of thousands of Syrian Islamists. These are the kinds of people that would assimilate into American society without attempting to overturn its historical roots.

Continue to pray for this family, and continue to be vocal about the injustice she faces, until she is released.

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