19th March 2014
The Muslim Council of Britain today endorses a national campaign to encourage its affiliated mosques to speak out against domestic violence during this week’s Friday sermon (khutbah).
Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain said: “One case of domestic abuse is one too many. We must have a zero tolerance attitude. There can never be any justification for any woman suffering violence in a Muslim home. This is the message I would like all Imams to give.”
The Muslim Council has teamed up with Imams Against Domestic Abuse (IADA) to work on this initiative.
Imam Abdullah Hasan from IADA said, “Unfortunately there is this notion in the media that domestic abuse is sanctioned by Islam – and which some Muslims, due to their ignorance, extenuate this false understanding! It is our duty and responsibility to eliminate that misrepresentation and eradicate any form of abuse from our society.”
Despite the excellent work by many women’s charities who support the victims of domestic violence, the message and teachings of the Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad, upon whom be peace, needs to be a regular reminder and the opportune time is at Friday prayers at Mosques.
One message for our communities could be: “The Prophet (pbuh) never raised his voice or a finger at his wives. So why do you raise your hand?”
A Khutbah template prepared by Imams Against Domestic Abuse has been circulated to our affiliate members as a guidance to use at the Khutbah.
We hope that many Mosques will use this Friday to raise awareness on this hidden crime, and that other communities follow this example.
Notes to Editors:
The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over
500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques,
charities and schools.