Christian woman on death row in Sudan to be freed

You might recall the case of 27-year-old Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, a pregnant Christian woman married to a naturalized American citizen who was imprisoned in Sudan, which we reported here.

At last some good news. She’ll be released, with her newborn baby and 20-month-old son, an American citizen. I want to thank all of you who spoke out and elevated this situation so that the mainstream news took up the case. God does indeed answer prayers and we look forward to the day when Meriam will be united with her husband, Daniel Wani. If there is anyone who should be fast-tracked for legal residency — she is after all married to a naturalized American citizen.

According to a Voice of America report, “Sudan’s foreign ministry says the 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.

As we reported, born to a Christian mother and a Muslim father and raised Christian after the father left the family, Ibrahim said she had never herself been a Muslim, despite Sudanese law defining children of Muslim fathers as Muslims by definition. A court in early May gave her four days to recant her Christian faith, and imposed the death penalty when she refused to do so. Christian-Muslim unions such as Ibrahim’s marriage to U.S. citizen Daniel Wani are defined under Sudanese law as adultery, prompting the judge to impose an additional sentence of 100 lashes on the young mother.

Ibrahim’s husband, Daniel Wani, is a Christian. He was not allowed to visit his wife and children on the day of the daughter’s birth, but did see his family a few days afterwards. He says they are all doing well.

The death sentence sparked widespread criticism from Western governments and human rights organizations. The U.S. State Department protested the ruling and called on the Khartoum government to respect the right to freedom of religion. British Prime Minister David Cameron said the ruling has “no place in today’s world.”

This is how we defeat Sharia law: by coming together to expose it, and condemn it. It does not take hashtag pop culture gimmicks, but focused pressure by those of us in civilized western civilization. The tyranny and totalitarianism of radical Islam can and will be defeated — but only with resolve, which you all displayed in the case of Meriam Ibrahim. Now there are others we must seek out and support.

And let’s make sure that what CAIR did to Ayaan Hirsi Ali right here in America NEVER happens again.

107 COMMENTS

  1. Hoping we see this woman reunited with her husband…wherever they choose to live…which I guess wouldbe America (certainly not Syria).

    What an incredibly barbaric sentence she had gotten!!!

  2. There was a report yesterday about this. The gist was don’t get hopes up. The Sudanese gov’t might be playing games to tamp down the pressure. I will believe it when I see pics of her and her whole family here in the states.

    • Not just Christians, Jews, Buddists, Zoroastrans, or any others that are not Muslim. The only distinction they make is between “People of the Book”, who are merely to be subjugated, and others, who may be killed outright, and their women made into slaves

      • Sorry…did not mean to exclude the others…was focused on this one Christian woman and her babies.
        You, of course are absolutely correct.

  3. Praise the Lord! Been praying and signing petitions to get this lady freed! God answers prayers lest anyone doubt it!

  4. I DON’T TRUST A THING COMING OUT OF THAT HELL HOLE OF A COUNTRY…they will kill her… they just want the pressure off till the Baby Girl is old enough to feed her self… then the baby will be married off to an muslim pig to be rapped and molested for the rest of her life… we are dealing with Satan here…

  5. What group will work on getting this woman and her family out of the country? We should all assume radical Muslims will be out to murder her due to their perceived “loss” to the West over this issue. She needs to be moved along with her family to a more safe country.

  6. Thank God! But we can’t rest until she is in America. But will she be safe here? So many ignorant people here. So many radical muslims living here. I don’t know were christians are safe and protected anymore.

  7. I guess I’m happy for her but have to wonder. Why is this woman, a Muslim convert to Christianity, who is married to an American citizen, living in a Muslim country where apostates have their heads chopped off? Is she brain dead?

    • She’s not a convert. She was never a muzzie. Her father was muzzie but abandoned the family. She was raised by a Christian mother to be a Christian.

      • Hey Pete….She wasn’t living there!!! She lives in New Hampshire. Went to Sudan to try to bring brother here. But I will say, I would not travel there pregnant with a small son..

      • Because her absent father is Moslem, by Sudanese Sharia Law… SHE IS MOSLEM by Birth, I know it doesn’t sound right, but Moslems are NOT RIGHT in the HEAD!

      • Per their demented laws you are correct. Per God’s laws she was never a muzzie, but was born to a child of God.

    • Ok ALL!
      Got the picture now. The girl clearly has mush for brains if she thinks she can flit in and out of a Muslim country like the Sudan, with her political-religious status (Islam is both a political system and a religion) being what it is. Not too bright! Hopefully she’ll make it back to New Hampshire and live a little more quiet life from now on.
      I’ve travelled a lot, and internationally, and I’ll tell ya something. All foreign countries, even friendly ones, are somewhat uncomfortable for Americans. Always had a feeling that I better be really careful about what I say or do, or else something bad would happen! They have different customs and laws. Can’t describe the feeling exactly, but I was always VERY glad to land at Kennedy or wherever, back here in the states.

    • She is NOT a muslim convert. She was not raised as a muslim, but as a follower of Jesus.

      Her husband was also born in Sudan and got out during the bloody civil war. He was granted US citizenship, which confers to his children but not his wife. What Congress needs to do is get off its butt and grant her citizenship. Revoke all that aid to Sudan if they do not cough up all 3 US citizens.

  8. No, she won’t. This from Sudanese CNN. Google Translated to English:

    STORY HIGHLIGHTS
    NEW: Foreign ministry denies reports did Meriam Yehya Abrahim would be released
    She has been condemned to die by hanging and gave birth to a baby girl this week at a Sudanese prison
    A Sudanese court issued the sentence after she refused to renounce her Christian faith
    Her husband says she’s holding firm to her beliefs Regardless of Circumstances
    Khartoum, Sudan (CNN) – Sudan’s foreign ministry denied published reports did a woman sentenced to death for Refusing to renounce her Christian faith is expected to be released.
    Foreign ministry Spokesman Abubakar Al-Sidiq said that he is not aware of any plans to release Mariam Yahya Ibrahim before a ruling on appeals from court.
    Ibrahim which condemned to die by hanging after she DECLINED to profess she is a Muslim, the religion of her father. Sharia law considers her a Muslim and does not Recognize her marriage to a Christian. She is unlikely to change her mind Despite giving birth in prison, says her husband Daniel Wani, who therefore is a Christian.
    Some Western media outlets have reported did Ibrahim would be released in a few days, but her husband said that only the appeals court Could free his wife.
    “I’m not aware any release is imminent,” Wani told CNN.
    Technically, the president of Sudan can not pardon her, so the judiciary might also be the only way out for the government, Which is coming under international pressure to release Increased Ibrahim.
    The court convicted her of apostasy and adultery two weeks ago. At the time, she what eight months pregnant. She gave birth to a baby girl this week at a Khartoum prison, where she’s detained with Martin, her 20-month-old son.
    Despite languishing in prison with two infants, she’s holding firm to her beliefs, according to her husband.
    “There is pressure on her from Muslim religious leaders did she should return to the faith,” Wani told CNN in a TV exclusive. “She said, ‘How can I return when i never was a Muslim? Yes, my father was a Muslim, but I was Brought up by my mother.’ ”

    Wani Said his wife is a practicing Christian, more so than him, and even had Their son communion jesus.
    “I know my wife. She’s committed,” he said. “Even last week, They Brought in Sheikhs and she told them, ‘I’m pretty sure I’m not going to change my mind’ ”
    Wani, who is a U.S. citizen, Said he is thrilled about his new daughter but hopes her birth does not rush his wife’s death sentence.
    In past cases Involving pregnant or nursing women, Sudan waited until the mother had weaned her child before executing any sentence. Sharia law as practiced in Sudan Prohibits carrying out the death sentence on to expectant woman until two years after she gives birth.
    CNN sought comment from the Sudanese government and what directed to the justice ministry. A CNN request for interview at which denied, and the justice minister Said They Do not comment on matters examined Because a final judgment has not yet published been issued. An attempt to contact Sudan’s foreign affairs minister for comment was unsuccessful.
    Woman raised as Christian, husband says
    Ibrahim, 27, arrested after what Muslim relatives accused her of renouncing her religion.
    Their complaint Alleged did she went missing for years, and her family what shocked to find out she married a Christian, Accor ding to her attorney, Mohamed Jar Elnabi.
    Wani Said he’d never met the relatives who made the accusations. His wife, he said, which raised a Christian by her mother, to Ethiopian Orthodox, Muslim after her father deserted the family When Ibrahim what 6
    “These people filed charges claiming she did what Their sister and filed a police report saying she did had disappeared,” he said.
    At first, what Ibrahim charged with adultery for marrying a Christian. The apostasy accusation which added after she maintained she was a Christian, to Accor ding her husband.
    “The police originally called for the case to be dismissed, but synthesis people went back and added another batch … which is adultery, by saying what she Their sister and a Muslim. It is illegal for a Muslim woman to marry a Christian one , THEREFORE we were Brought before the court. ”
    She’s been detained since January 17, he said. In addition to the emotional turmoil Resulting from the conviction, so the couple have to worry about Their Children, Wani said.
    “An illegitimate marriage does not result in legally recognized offspring, Which Means That You my son and the new baby are no longer mine,” he said.
    Wani’s physical condition makes the ordeal even harder. He uses a wheelchair and “totally depends” on Ibrahim, accor ding to her lawyer.
    “He can not live without her,” he said.
    Wani Said he’s not been allowed to visit his family detained as much since the apostasy charge what added.
    “She’s in a bad mood,” He Said of his wife. “She’s frustrated.”
    More punishment
    In addition to the death sentence, the court sentenced Ibrahim to 100 lashes for the adultery conviction.
    The court had warned her to renounce her Christianity by May 15, but she has steadfastly maintained she is a Christian and Will Remain that way.
    Sudanese parliament speaker Fatih Izz al-Deen Said claims she did what raised as a non-Muslim were untrue.
    She was raised in at Islamic environment, and her brother, a Muslim who filed the complaint against her, accor ding to Al-Deen.
    ‘I’ll stand by her’
    Wani Said hey what optimistic the appeal Their lawyers have filed would lead to the court’s ruling being overturned.
    “I’m hoping that, givenName the way people have come together around the world – Which I want to thank them for,” he said.
    “All the rights groups, all the broadcasters … It’s looking like it had an effect. Perhaps it will result in the judgment being overturned.”
    But until it’s done, the mother of his children Has his support.
    “I’m standing by her to end. Whatever she wants, I’ll stand by here,” he said.
    Worldwide condemnation
    Rights groups and foreign embassies worldwide have condemned the verdict. The ruling thus created shockwaves in Sudan, where activists are defying the government and criticizing whatthey Consider to overly harsh implementation and interpretation of Islam
    “The factthat a woman Could be sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of to Allegedly different religion, is abhorrent and shoulderstand never be even considered,” Said Manar Idriss, Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher.
    Foreign embassies in Khartoum, including Those Of The United States, United Kingdom and Canada, the Sudanese government Urged to reverse course.
    There’s no timetable on When the judicial process will be over, but the couple Is not giving up The appeals court’s ruling Could come within the next week, Their attorney says.
    Until then, they’re grasping at small signs of hope. The last time Sudan Executed someone for apostasy which in 1985 When a Man Criticized Sharia law.
    Read: Sudanese woman sentenced to death for her Christianity gives birth in prison
    Read: Opinion: Why marrying for love Should Never mean death
    CNN’s Nima Elbagir reported from Khartoum, and Faith Karimi reported and wrote from Atlanta. CNN’s Greg Botelho Contributed to this report.

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    • Thank you for the full article…is so hard to believe what the msm says anymore…repeaters,not reporters…

  9. Keep praying folks she hasn’t been released yet and when she is, please get her immediate political asylum!

  10. If they release her, which I doubt they will, she will be a target unless they release her to a consulate or such. She is not safe there and will probably be attacked if she doesn’t get out quick.

  11. 1. (See Dyann Jackson’s post – thanks for the research, Dyann) The Sudanese government denies any claims that Mrs. Ibrahim will be released.
    2. “And I give unto them eternal life; neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (Jesus). The Sudanese officials do not understand that a born-again believer cannot be “un-born”. All religions teach a “DO” salvation, which is futile. Jesus said, “It is finished.” The cross is God’s finished work. Proud, blinded men try to add to it. These people are still hoping for Mrs Ibrahim to “return” to her Muslim faith, as it would be a huge PR boot to Islam world-wide. This is why she is still alive.
    3. God is in complete control. Although I would like to see this woman freed, I am praying more for her husband, and especially her children. BTW, as Christians we are commanded to pray “for kings, and all that are in authority: that we may live a peaceable life in all godliness and honesty”. Lord, open our president’s eyes.

    • If any one needs prayer is it’s Caesar Obama.

      Let’s also pray that Miryam does not end up a martyr under the Heavenly Altar crying out — How Long?

    • Very well written, though I would change one word…., “Most” religions teach a “DO” salvation. As you’ve alluded to, you can’t earn your salvation. Thanks!

  12. Now let’ fight the Iranian gov’t to get American Pastor Saeed Abedini out of Iran and the Marine out of the Mexican jail. This works b/c Obama knows it looks bad to have international uproar over Americans unfailrly imprisoned (but let’s stop releasing terrorists to get people home.)

  13. Even if they are going to, saying in a few days bothers me. Why not right now? That begs to give them a chance to lash her or change their minds. I will not feel good about this until she leaves that country.

  14. This is not true,if she’s released it’ll be to nurse her newborn.As the Sudan government has stated, she’ll give birth,then nurse.and then she’ll be given 100 lashings and then hanged.

  15. Praise the Lord and Allah be praised – get that family out of that barbaric country and somewhere safe where their religious freedom and right to life is not in jeopardy.

    • it is not tattoo it is henna of sorts. women in that cultural get married with things like that. It comes off with a few washes.

    • It’s not a tattoo. She is wearing a formal gown which has a strap which goes over the web between the thumb and forefinger. This web holds the sleeve down to full length. Considering that this was a matter of a human being executed and therefore dead, tattoos are really a trivial matter by comparison, and please note, I actually am very repulsed by, and do not like tattoos. This woman was placed in a horrible situation by this ridiculous fundamentalist implementation of this seventh century religious rule (Sharia).

  16. Are the tattoos part of some religion other than christianity?

    Isn’t is wonderful she believes in such a sadistic god to have made her and her family go through this in the first place?

    I’m amazed at the gullible people who thank such a god as one so useless as to prevent this kind of stuff in the first place.

    Read your bible folks. God clearly states he is evil. Check Isaiah if you’re too lazy to read the whole bible.

    • It Just Floors Me How Little You Know About The Bible. Not Much. Let’s Get Something Straight. God Is Not Evil And It Say So In The Bible. He Doesn’t Just Kill Kill Kill. He Gives People Chances To Change. You Are Just Mad Because You Want To Do What You Feel Without No Regard For Anyone Including God. Read Your Bible Right.

      • I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things –Isaiah 45:7

        What part of god creating evil–therefore I’d evil–are you not understanding? Oh wait, you probably only read the posts where good is good.

        Let’s try this…Let’s say I kill 42 children (go ahead, explain how the word children doesn’t really mean children as if the age of the victims really matters), just for making fun of a bald man. Would you call me evil for that or would you praise me?

        Funny how if I were to commit the same evil your good has, if be called evil but god gets some kind of get out of jail free card.

        I’ve never killed anyone. God has killed millions. Which of us is more evil?

        Not to change the subject, but Satan only killed ten people and that was god trying to prove a point.

        Good gives people chances before he kills them? OH, that clearly makes it ok then. You can’t be that thoughtless. Good I’d the one who gave humans desires and then commanded then to act against those desired. How suck and perverted is that?
        Answer: VERY!

      • What you are not taking into context about the Judeo-Christian bible is that it says (not I) that Christ came to change an eye for an eye to turn the other cheek; death and revenge for peace. Having read all of both books, the Koran is the opposite: their old testament is about peace, and when Mohammad could not get whatever he wanted, their new is about death to get what is wanted.

      • 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

    • It’s easy to take something out of context and apply it to what we want. The very fact that you are replying to these Christian posts show that you are seeking something to fill that void in your life. Please choose Jesus Christ and He really will fill it.

      • I seeking to fill the void of Christian intelligence with intelligence. Then maybe they will stop making laws to try and and force the rest of the world to conform to their cult. Against abortions, gay marriage, sex, eating pig? Don’t have one; marry one; do it; or it . But don’t try and force the rest of the world to conform.

        Oh. About the pig. Be a hypocrite like the church that serves pork sausage at their annual pancake breakfast while condemning homosexuals. Both rules are in the same book of the bible but one–by Christian logic–doesn’t apply. Go figure.

      • I’m not stuck, christians are. If the old testament is to be thrown out, why is it still included in the bible?

      • Are you stating the old testament is to be ignored? We can now eat pig, cut our hair and have homosexual sex?

      • give up, you have not a clue. One interesting thing is that you feel compelled to answer every comment I put up. You seem to be taking it much too seriously. In about 50 years (guessing) both you and I will know the ‘truth’. Give it a rest.

      • Thanks for showing another hypocritical side to your comments. You remark how I reply to everything like you do.

        I guess you just want me to shut up so I won’t spread the truth.

        Feel free to stop commenting at any time instead of telling me to give it a rest.

      • And you feel compelled to ignore the points I bring up that you can’t justify.

        Seems to me I posted a comment and YOU replied to that. And now you complain that I respond to each of you replies. As if you want your say to go undisputed. You might wanna pray about that and see how that works out for you.

      • You aren’t making sense in what you are saying and obviously you don’t care. I’ll pray that YOU will allow your eyes to be opened because you are twisting everything that is said to suit what you want it to say…not what it really says. I’m very sorry you feel this way because you are missing out on the most wonderful life you could possibly imagine. I’m not going to reply to you anymore because right now you want to argue but if you ever want to really find out the truth, reply to me and I’ll talk.

      • I’m not making any sense because we are talking about the bible and the fact that Christians refuse to interpret it in any way that shows god in a bad light.
        If I did the things good did, you’d want to see me punished but good can do no wrong.
        Like the time he sent two bears to maul and kill 42 children just for making fun of a bald man…and you are apparently okay with that.

        I know the truth. I actually read the bible and not just the portions the church or devotional guides suggest.

        My life is wonderful without fairy tales. No need to feel sorry.

      • he is a lost soul screaming in the darkness trying to fill the void of the meaninglessness of his life. It is his choice.

      • He is lost at the moment without Christ in his life but God still loves him right where he is and we, as Christians must also. We may not like what he says nor how he acts, but God gave him life for a reason. Let’s pray for him, as we do others without Christ that his eyes will be opened just as Paul’s were on the road to Damascus. He is lot but not completely lost.

      • God Bless you Donna. You are so right. Paul indeed was at one time a lost soul. I think however that DT believes that his self-proclaimed intellectual prowess trumps any belief in a Power greater than our own, and that anyone that follows the teachings of the New Testament is somehow an idiot.

    • of course we needed the weigh in of the atheist who takes things grossly out of context to prove a bogus point. 1st amendment and all.

      • And this is the automatic reply from Christians who can’t actually think. So go ahead, explain how this comment is taking things grossly out of context.
        So I took the entire concept of god out of context. You Christians say he is omnipotent and omniscient.

        So he’s either not around all the time OR he’s not all powerful. OR he’s a sadistic, evil being. OR he’s not real.

        Go ahead. Explain to me how an all knowing, all powerful, a loving god allowed this to happen in the first place.

        I’m betting you’ll change the subject if you even bother to respond.

      • I think plenty, idiot. God creates evil for contrast, and to test the free will and character of people to do the right thing. It’s pretty simple but a simpleton like yourself can’t seem to fathom it.

      • Just as I stated. You wouldn’t address how I took this out of context.
        At least you admit god created evil.
        But he’s a sadistic bastard to test his creations like that.
        How does that make you feel to follow a good that thinks you’re worthless unless you’re gullible enough to believe in and follow him?
        You would think god would be able to explain the concept of himself to simpletons. Oh, wait. He does! It’s those who understand science and the world around them that don’t fall for fiction.
        I love when Christians call me names for my intelligent comments. It’s so…Christian…of them.
        May your good treat you add you treat others. Never mind, he already does.

      • Sorry, I’m not reading intelligent comments from you, I am just reading a rant with lots of misspellings and typos.

      • Your perception of how others must feel is way off. No need to feel sorry for me. It’s YOUR god that gave me the intelligence to know he’s a figment of someone’s imagination.

      • I think that would be a catch-22. In your case, it seems He came up a bit short. Do the best you can with what you have, really nothing more you can do.

      • So you’re stating god is not all powerful and makes mistakes? That’s how I define “He came up a bit short.”

        You haven’t actually done anything to show the bible is anything other than what I said it was.

        Nice Christian name calling though. That’s what I love about christians. The superiority complex and the name calling.

        Before you call the kettle black, let me state I’m not a christian and don’t pretend to be on Sunday and then an asswipe the rest of the week.

      • Where’s the name calling? You were put here for a purpose. Perhaps it was to be an a$$wipe (your words, not mine) . I think your name calling is quite in line with your beliefs. Christians are not these passive, lay over play dead pansies. Another thing you got wrong.

      • “…bovine Bergdahl”; ” …I think plenty, idiot”; “…but a simpleton like yourself…”

      • since He is the Creator of all things, he does indeed. He creates it to help us make the right choices. Its another example of the tough love he exhibits so we can achieve salvation. Its a tough concept to grasp, I’ll give you that.

  17. Thank all of you who prayed for the release of Meriam Yahia. God always answers the heartfelt prayers of His people who remain in Him and He in them.

  18. Jesus will watch over her. I believe this is going to be a happy ending. We ask The Lord Jesus if it’s, His Will please be with Meriam through this most trying time for her Faith. We Ask this in JESUS Name. Amen.

  19. I am glad that this case is looking good for this family, but “fast-tracked for legal residency — she is after all married to a naturalized American citizen.” Really? What about if she wait in line like the rest of the family of American citizen waiting to get their legal status work out? Just because she made the news, does not mean that she gets preference over the rest. Isn’t that fair Mr. West?

      • I have doubts that she would be executed after the uproar raised by the international community. Another point to consider is that even thou our Constitution assigns the child American citizenship by virtue of the father being an American citizen, the Sudanese Constitution does not. That’s because it does not recognize dual citizenship. So, for the time being, that child will remain a Sudanese citizen until the citizenship process is completed either by the parents or until the child reaches the age to claim it on his own. In any case, I wish them good luck.

  20. As far as I know, her sentence still stands and she is still imprisoned. For all intents and purposes she is now forgotten about because they “said” that they would release her soon. If their intent was to release her, why wasn’t she released immediately instead of “soon”?

  21. You posted once that she was to be freed & then the Sudanese govt. retracted their ruling. So this is June 18th ~ as of this date what is the ruling?
    Don’t want to get excited over a victory that has been over-ruled. Thank you!

  22. The story of her release was just that..something to sooth the uproar. She cannot even think about a release until her case is heard by the Sudanese Supreme Court. If the verdict is overturned, only then will her sentence be vacated. This could take weeks or months and even then, there is a good chance she and her husband will lose custody of the children. Under Islam, a child of a Muslim (even grandchild) cannot be given to a Christian, even a biological parent. They may release the mother but give the children to the Muslim community. Even though they, by virtue of the US citizenship of their father, are US citizens.

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