Free Meriam Yehya Ibrahim

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. (1 Peter 5:8-9 ~ NLT)

Meriam Ibrahim

Meriam Ibrahim

This past weekend, those of us who live in the United States of America, celebrated Memorial Day, a time for us to honor those who fought and died, as well as those who continue to fight, so that we can live in freedom. Because of the sacrifice of our forefathers, we are granted certain inalienable rights, and among those are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is because of the first amendment to the constitution, that I am free to worship my God in spirit and in truth. Because I live in a country that recognizes this fundamental freedom, I can openly declare to everyone who reads this post that I believe that I am a child of God Almighty, and I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, who was crucified for the sins of mankind, was dead for three days, and arose from the dead on the third day. I can also tell you without fear of reprisal, that Jesus Christ will come again on the clouds.

Martin Wani, Meriam's Son

Martin Wani, Meriam’s Son

Freedoms we take for granted, are what makes Meriam Ibrahim’s situation so untenable. If you haven’t heard, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, a Sudanese Christian woman, married to U.S. citizen, Daniel Wani, was sentenced to death by hanging, for apostasy two weeks ago, and imprisoned in a Sudanese prison with her twenty month old son, a U.S. citizen. When she and her child were imprisoned, she was eight months pregnant.

Since then, Merriam gave birth to a daughter, who was born a month prematurely. Neither her husband, or her attorney have been permitted to see Merriam or her newborn. Hence, no-one is sure of their health. However, when Daniel saw her last week, before she gave birth, she was shackled in her cell. Since giving birth, Meriam’s sentence will now be delayed for two years, to allow her to nurse her baby, in accordance with Sudanese law.

So, what’s the point of this post? This is not just a sad story for everyone to sigh and say, “What a shame!” As citizens of the WORLD, each and every one of us have been given certain unalienable rights. Though some nations guarantee these rights, that’s not what I’m talking about. I am talking about the rights given to ALL MANKIND by our CREATOR, who gives everyone a free will to choose who and what to believe…

Because we are all men and women, I’m asking you to take a stand and cry out on Meriam Yehya Ibrahim’s behalf. This is not a cry for any one race, religious group or culture, but a cry for humanity. Whatever your faith, surely you can see the wickedness that is being perpetrated against this woman, her husband and her children, simply because of her faith. I am a strong Spirit-filled Christian, however, if I heard about someone from another faith being imprisoned and executed for his/her faith, I would cry out on that person’s behalf as well.

Meriam Ibrahim to be hung

Meriam Ibrahim to be hung

Therefore, I urge everyone who reads this post, to go to and sign the petition demanding the government of Sudan to free Meriam Yehya Ibrahim and her children from prison. Christians, please, also pray for this sister in Christ…

Finally, remember, Christianity is not a crime!

© 2014
Cheryl A. Showers


16 responses to “Free Meriam Yehya Ibrahim

  1. ohh.. i had read about meriam’s arrest but didn’t know she gave birth prematurely and that her sentence was extended for 2 years. *sigh* indeed. we need to pray; God hears our prayers. thanks for writing this post!

    • Yes, He does hear our prayers, and they are vital. It’s also important for us to share the news with others, so that they, too will cry out against the atrocities committed against this family, simply because they are Christians.

      Much love and many blessings to you for whatever you do on behalf of Meriam and her family,

    • Yes it is. That’s why it is so important for those of us who still do have religious freedom, to cry out on her behalf. Thanks for reading and commenting.

      God bless you,

    • Thanks for reading and responding. I pray you’ll share her story with others, and that they too will cry out publicly for her Meriam’s and her children’s release as soon as possible.

      God bless you,

  2. Thank you for sharing this, Cheryl. I was unaware of her plight. While I didn’t sign the petition at ACLJ (it’s a long story but I have issues with this organization), I did send an email to the Sudanese government through Amnesty International. I hope she is freed.

  3. You have such a great heart- so many people just write about themselves, but you choose to bring stories like Meriam’s to light and life.

    • Yes it is. It’s heartbreaking that she and her babies are jailed simply because she chose to marry a Christian man, and because she refused to recant her Christian faith and convert to Islam.

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