The Sad Case of Mariam Yehya Ibrahim Continues


wvw_logo_rectangle_600x352The world has been watching this week as the trials of Sudanese Christian Mariam Yehya Ibrahim has played out. After an international outcry, Mrs. Ibrahim was released into the custody of her family and lawyers. With a U.S. visa in hand, she headed to the airport and was there again detained.

Her case is a heartbreaking example of modern day religious persecution. According to CNN:



According to her lawyer, the case began when one of Ibrahim’s relatives, a Muslim, filed a criminal complaint saying her family was shocked to find out she had married Wani, a Christian, after she was missing for several years.

The Sudanese court considered Ibrahim a Muslim because her father was Muslim, but she said she was a Christian and never practiced Islam. She was charged with adultery, because a Muslim woman’s marriage to a Christian man is illegal in Sudan, and with apostasy, accused of illegally renouncing what was alleged to be her original faith.

Authorities warned her to renounce Christianity by May 15, but she did not, instead responding that her mother, an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian, raised her as a Christian. She said her Sudanese Muslim father abandoned her when she was 6.

“I am a Christian,” she said during her sentencing hearing last month, “and I will remain a Christian.”

She was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging, along with 100 lashes. Sudanese Parliament speaker Fatih Izz Al-Deen defended the apostasy conviction, insisting last month that Ibrahim was raised in a Muslim environment.

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It is clear that this case will continue to unfold in the days ahead until Mariam Yehya Ibrahim and her family arrive in an environment where they are free to worship in peace.

In the mean time, as we continue to pray for this brave woman and those seeking her eventual freedom, we’re reminded to also remember the countless souls around the world who suffer from similar persecution as we also give great thanks to God for our own religious liberty.

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Copyright 2014 Lisa M. Hendey


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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.

1 Comment

  1. This really annoyed me as well. A lot of Christians are persecuted in Islamic countries such as Pakistani under blasphemy laws. Mariam Yehya Ibrahim has said she is a Christiana period do just let her go

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