The government of Sudan sentenced Meriam Ibrahim to 100 lashes and death in 2014 for the crime of apostasy and adultery for marrying Daniel Wani, an American Christian citizen.
She was told that she could save her life if she renounced her faith and converted to Islam. But despite all the hardships she endured in prison, she never faltered in her faith and proudly proclaimed that she is a Christian. She was pregnant at the time and inspired when the world when she gave birth behind bars.
Now, she is set to receive the National Religious Broadcasters' President's Award on February 28 for showing "what it means to not be ashamed of Christ," NRB shared..
"Mariam Ibrahim is a modern-day example of what it means to not be ashamed of Christ," said NRB President and CEO Jerry A Johnson. "We are honoured to welcome her to NRB15 as we rejoice with her over God's protective care in her life."
It was extremely difficult for Ibraheem to be in prison, especially being pregnant at that time, and she gave birth to her second child while in chains. But international intervention forced the government of Sudan to clear the charges against her, and she was released on June 24, 2014.
Ibrahim and her family are now settled in the US but she has plans to go back to Sudan some day, and is campaigning on behalf of others who are suffering from religious persecution, BBC said.
"It wasn't easy, I can't describe it," she told the BBC of her time in prison. "But there are others who are in worse conditions in Sudan than those I was in.
"Sadly, this was all under the guise of the law. So instead of protecting people, the law is harming them."