|Islamic World (Nusret Colpan)|
The Global Muslim Women's Shura Council condemns domestic violence as an absolute violation of the teachings of Islam.
The Holy Qur'an clearly advocates against domestic violence, promoting harmony and affection between husband and wife. Similarly, the Prophet's life, a model of excellence, dignity, and justice, never included violent behavior towards members of his household. Domestic violence is also inexcusable when one considers the objectives and principles of Islamic jurisprudence and the historical contexts in which specific verses were revealed.
The broader message of the Qur'an is the promotion of harmony and affection between husband and wife. Marriage is depicted as a sacred bond of love and mercy. Surah 30, verse 21 says: "And among His Signs is that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may live in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): verily there are Signs in that for those who reflect. "
Muslim women must draw upon their rich legacy as peacemakers, leaders, caregivers, and teachers and scholars of sacred text and law. Working with colleagues and constituents, Muslim women can reclaim this space of authority in order to promote the principles of gender equality, as well as social, economic, and political justice in Muslim communities.
Domestic violence, also known as "intimate partner violence," is a form of violent or oppressive domination over a family member or partner. Domestic violence results from a diverse set of factors, and occurs in families and relationships around the world and across culture, religion, race, and geography. However, it is particularly important for Muslims to reclaim the discourses of non-violence and peace from within the Islamic traditions, as some Muslims try to excuse domestic violence on the basis of religion. Domestic violence has been condemned by national and international laws worldwide and is a clear violation of the teaching of Islam, as represented in the Holy Qur'an and the example and sayings (Sunnah) of the Prophet Muhammad, and guiding principles of Islamic law (maqasid al-Shari'ah). The members of the Global Muslim Women's Shura Council recognize justice, fairness, and equality as the core values of Islam, and reject domestic violence in all its forms, everywhere.
The above text is solely quoted from
· “Domestic Violence: A Violation of Islam,” The Global Muslim Women's Shura Council (two page handout). The American Society for Muslim Advancement,
(NY). New York
· “Domestic Violence: A Violation of Islam,” The Global Muslim Women's Shura Council (six page digest). The American Society for Muslim Advancement,
(NY), 2012. New York
AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR MUSLIM ADVANCEMENT
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