Brother: Meriam Ibrahim Should Be Killed

Brother: Meriam Ibrahim Should Be Killed June 9, 2014

The horrifying situation in the Sudan with the woman who has been sentenced to death for apostasy continues to get worse. Now the woman’s brother is speaking out and saying that if she does not convert to Islam, she deserves to be killed for it. And he’s the guy who turned her in.

Al Samani Al Hadi Mohamed Abdullah said that he denounced his sister to the authorities because his family are “Muslim people.” He claimed that Ms Ibrahim, 27, was born as Abrar Al Hadi but changed her name when she was drugged by her husband, Daniel Wani. And he said that, if she did not return to the devout family fold, she should be hanged.

“It’s one of two; if she repents and returns to our Islamic faith and to the embrace of our family, then we are her family and she is ours,” he said.

“But if she refuses she should be executed,” he told CNN…

But Mr Al Hadi is adamant that she should be punished – and accuses Mr Wani of forcing her conversion.

“Her now-husband Daniel – this ‘priest’ – he gave her magic potions drink,” he said. “Or something that allowed him to convert her.”

Mr Al Hadi said that his sister cut off all ties with the family and disappeared – until, Mr Al Hadi said, “we discovered it was because they were hiding her in their house.”

He continued: “When she was caught, we our sister’s face was different, the way she looked at us was different.

“She was bewitched, like an unconscious person. She didn’t know any of us. When she stood in front of the court she said her name was Meriam Yahya Ibrahim. We were shocked by that name.”

And he said that the family would “not deny Islamic law” – even if that meant the execution of his sister. “This is what the law states and we will never allow any distortion of that.”

He added: “If she dies we will have enforced God’s word. The solution is that she is executed. As we have been ordered by our Prophet, peace be upon him: ‘He who barters his religion you must kill.’

“The world should not involve itself in our family affairs. This is a family and these are our private affairs. We don’t want outside involvement.”

Oh, fuck you. The state is putting her to death, this is not a family fucking squabble. I increasingly find myself completely unable to fathom this kind of barbarism. I simply cannot conceive of how any human being could ever think this way. I just can’t.

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  • sc_770d159609e0f8deaa72849e3731a29d

    Usually when family members denounce other family members there’s money involved. Al Samani Al Hadi Mohamed Abdullah is described as Meriam Ibrahim’s brother. Given the dynamics of muslim families, is he a brother or half-brother and is property brought into the family by marriage involved?

  • D. C. Sessions

    I increasingly find myself completely unable to fathom this kind of barbarism. I simply cannot conceive of how any human being could ever think this way. I just can’t.

    Chill, Ed. She’s only a woman.

  • gshelley

    Surely, even in his world where people do deserve death for changing their mind, if he thinks this woman was drugged and bewitched so she wasn’t responsible for her actions, that should be a valid excuse?

  • A Masked Avenger

    Despite my general opposition to the British Raj, I very much like Sir Charles Napier’s reply to Indians defending suttee: “You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: When men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours.”

  • eric

    “The world should not involve itself in our family affairs.

    Then she should be released, because right now an Islamic court is involving itself in her family affairs.

  • A Masked Avenger

    Then she should be released, because right now an Islamic court is involving itself in her family affairs.

    I don’t see how that helps. Giving her back to her family just means she’ll be killed by amateurs instead of experts.

  • Nick Gotts


    From the linked article:

    His comments will fuel speculation that the denouncing of Ms Ibrahim was part of a family feud. An American NGO which is paying for the legal costs has claimed that Ms Ibrahim was targeted by jealous relatives who wanted to gain control of her clutch of successful small businesses – a supermarket, farm and beauty salon.

    Ms Ibrahim, a mother of two, has been in prison in Khartoum since January on charges of apostasy – or abandoning her faith. During her trial earlier this month she told the court that she was never a Muslim, as her Muslim father left the family when she was six – and she was subsequently raised as a Christian.

  • Drugs and witchcraft, the hell you say.

    And if that is true, why punish her?

    It’s like magical name-changing roofies for dashing young Christian priests to use on unsuspecting Muslim women who we then blame and kill for being poisoned. You make quite a case there, Mr. Al Hadi.

    What the hell would this guy do if he was actually convinced her mother raised her as a Christian? And how could he not be? What a gigantic and vile circus. How can the system play along with such blatant lies and ulterior motives if it won’t just straight-up cop to the realities? Why deny it? And that’s ignoring the fact that one can be imprisoned and murdered for not being a true Muslim in the country.

  • raven

    And he’s the guy who turned her in.

    James Dobson will be pleased. He is all in favor of Focusing on the Family.

    Religion is great for splitting families apart. When you leave the weirder cults, JW’s, Mormons, SBC, Oogedy Boogedies, you frequently leave your family and all your friends behind. Divorce is not uncommon.

    It’s another example of Hitchen’s Rule.

    Religion poisons everything!!!

  • You know what they say:

    “If you love something, let it go.

    If it doesn’t come back to you, have it killed.”

  • I think that Mr. Toomanynames would be ecstatic to live in certain parts of the U.S. where his sort of “family values” are much appreciated. He might be ecstatic but he’d prolly be dead, too, quick as they found out he was a moozlim.

  • sabrekgb

    What a scumbag. It’s stories like this that really make me wish there was a way to rescue people from their childishly barbaric cultures. I don’t see a real practical way to go about it, but it’s nice to dream :/

  • How do you rescue people from childishly barbaric cultures, when that’s all there ARE?

    There’s a matter of degree and style that differentiates, of course.

    But plenty of Americans for example would like to see her dead too, because even though she’s an ex-Muslim, they’d still consider her a Muslim. Others only would defend her because she’s now a “Christian.”

    Some of them even have lucrative broadcasting careers.

    OK, I’m just kidding. We aren’t childishly barbaric.

    Maybe we CAN rescue people from these cultures.

    I know a way – WAR!


  • culuriel

    This guy’s name is too long, so I’ll shorten it to Scumbag. If Scumbag is convinced his brother-in-law drugged his sister, shouldn’t the brother-in-law be in prison, and not whoever he drugged? Does Scumbag think we’re all idiots?

  • evodevo

    Whoa! You all are operating from a secular, rationalist point of view, not a misogynistic fundie one. Women are to be submissive and silent …. leaving the fundie fold is verboten (See Raven, above). Doesn’t matter what kind of fundie. I am not the least surprised at this – secular govts. are almost impossible to find outside Western Europe, North America and Australia. Even Russia is falling back to the 18th century. We need to keep up the fight and not weaken, but it is hard enough in THIS country to overcome fundie influences, much less in Sudan. I am never surprised by what atrocious behaviors they come up with.

  • rory

    I know that an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind, and all, but I have to admit there’s a part of me which thinks that anyone who would want to do what this brother wants to do ought to be exterminated. Some of us are trying to have a goddamn polite society, here.

    Not very civil of me, I guess.

  • Sastra

    In addition to the belief in religious absolutes on right and wrong there’s all the toxic problems of a culture which values a thing called honor. Not that I mean to imply that they’re not linked.

  • busterggi

    Three cheers for objective family values as promoted by religion!