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Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Death for Apostasy Gives Birth

A view of St. Matthew's Catholic Cathedral near the Sudanese capital Khartoum, where a Christian woman has been sentenced to death for apostasy.
A view of St. Matthew's Catholic Cathedral near the Sudanese capital Khartoum, where a Christian woman has been sentenced to death for apostasy.
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A Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to hang for refusing to renounce her faith has given birth in a prison hospital, her lawyers said Tuesday.
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 27, gave birth to the baby girl on Tuesday in her cell in the capital, Khartoum, lawyers said. She also has a 20-month-old son.
Ibrahim was convicted of apostasy by a Sudanese judge earlier this month, and ordered to renounce her Christian faith. The court imposed the death sentence after she refused to do so.
Ibrahim’s mother was Christian and her father Muslim. She was raised as a Christian, but under Sudanese law, children of Muslim fathers are considered Muslim.
The judge also sentenced Ibrahim to 100 lashes on charges of adultery. 
Ibrahim is married to a Christian man, but Sudanese law does not permit marriages between Muslims and non-Muslims.  Such unions are considered adultery in the east African nation, which is overwhelmingly Muslim.
Ibrahim’s death sentence has drawn international outcry. The British-based rights group Amnesty International called the court's ruling "abhorrent" and a flagrant breach of international human rights law.
The U.S. State Department has said the ruling is deeply disturbing and urged the Sudanese government to respect the right to freedom of religion.
Ibrahim's older child has been with her in a prison cell since she was first charged in February, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported.

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by: Rahim from: South south NIGERIA
May 30, 2014 5:25 AM
We' need GOD's intervention on religious matter's "if only GOD should choose between the christians and muslims, the wrightful worshipers of his holyness, then the world wll be free 4rm religious chaos. (e.g) if muslims r' the wright worshipr's of GOD, then GOD shuld crush all the christians on earth. "but if christians r' he's divine worshipr's then he shuld wipe the entire muslims alongside wth there fauls prophet muhammad 4rm the surface of the planet earth. Christians were the first people of GOD the maker of man kind,(e.g) the rescue of the israelite 4rm the land of pharaoh by moses. JESUS CHRIST then came wth the love of GOD his father to mankind to teach forgiveness. Only GOD knows were muhammad came 4rm, mayb 4rm the desert wth the smell of sheep's and goat to infect people wth fauls religion. Muhammad did not heal the blind, neithr did he rouse the dead, nor feed the nation wth food and love, muhammad only brougt hate, war and discrimination upon mankind. "why then should people follow his wayz. JESUS CHRIST IS THE WAY THE LIGHT THAT SHINES IN THE DARK HEART OF MEN AND THE DARK HEART MUST BE TRANSFORMED TO LIGHT HEART. There's a man following the foot print of our LORD JESUS CHRIST he is no other person than prophet T.B JOSHUA OF NIGERIA. Praise GOD.

by: afreewoman from: USA
May 29, 2014 1:51 AM
We are in the 21st century, i cannot believe it still happens this kind of sentence. Nobody wanna take action to help her?
She is married, who has made her certificate and her wedding should stand first for her case. Can somebody prove its the law of a religion or of a country. Men made the law, men can change it. And those who work on Human rights, let's hear your voice.

by: Rebecca from: britain
May 28, 2014 3:03 PM
Fine example of the Muslim religion of peace.....or is it the rest in peace religion!

by: Eb-ab Melaku from: Ethiopia
May 28, 2014 10:39 AM
OMG! Whara amazing horror law u have u sudanese u should be ashamed of this lawful unlawfulness. Every one have a right to have his own believe & faith. And this is not muslim law as u are applying on non-muslim. Oooh

by: ishmael from: South Africa
May 28, 2014 2:00 AM
As we Muslims have Our own honeroble low and order. You western people don't refiel any new idea for Us. Keep your christianity as your Own and don't abuse the Muslis.

by: Brother doss from: Usa
May 27, 2014 11:08 PM
ChrIstan persecution. Sometimes as americans we forget,and fail to realize that the book of tevelations is playing out earthquakes and divers places rumors of wars along with christian persecution. In places like sudan,and parts of the middle east you don't have the option of being a luke warm christian your eiither part of the persecuted,or a nonchristian.truly the blood of thr martyrs crys out beneath the altar lord when shallbyou avenge us. The sainys should lift her up in prayer she is a great example of a good soilder.

by: notamuslim
May 27, 2014 4:38 PM
This cruelty weakens islam. Forcing people to mouth the words you tell them to on pain of death will not make islam strong. Killing this woman because she freely chooses christianity shows islam to be desperate to hold people under control which drives more people away. The number of people who leave their homes to excape muslim control at the first chance because of evil things like this done by the muslim leaders? The number cannot be counted. It is too high. With this as a standard only the evil will embrace islam and then only as an excuse to do the evil they wish to do under it's name instead of their own. Without correction of it's excesses islam will be doomed by it's own hand.

by: Forster from: USA
May 27, 2014 3:19 PM
In fact, this ruling is a complete confirmation that SLAVERY is still going on in some parts of this world and once there is slavery, there are slave MASTERS as well who try to enforce it. Is there any law that is against fundamental Human Right ,Freedom and Justice nowadays? Are we supposed to fight and kill for God or God shoud do that for himself if only he is God? Why do we have to reason and act for God by destroying His own creatures? Now to me, the ruling of that judge is similar to giving a CAR KEY to a 5 years old baby boy to spark a car and then drive it on a high way . About the marriage ,I will say is a right as we all know . One can choose to remain single or marry the opposite sex as it is from from generation to our present day generation.Why the discrimination to the extent of killing and destroying somebody for her personal choice ? This ruling is very HORRIFIC, ATROCIOUS ,CRUEL and is strickly against humanity ,peace , freedom and justice. Thank for reading .

by: Anon
May 27, 2014 1:27 PM
Religion is just a guise. Man has always been corrupted by power. Whether that power is obtained through money, politics or religion. Religion may one day cease to exist, but it won't make the world any better or smarter. As long as there are people who seek to control the masses, there will always be injustice.

by: Pianoplaya from: NYC
May 27, 2014 1:23 PM
Islam the "Religion of Peace" ?.........I think not.
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