On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Chair of MINAB visited an Islamic girls school in Midlands and spoke to some pupils, parents and staff members regarding attitudes to higher education for girls, and the abuse, violence that sometimes women have to endure – whether that abuse may be in the form of domestic violence, sexual violence, or Anti-Muslim hatred.
Imam Qari Asim also held a session with men and explored the causes of violence against women. He said domestic abuse and violence occur against women in all societies regardless of culture, ethnicity, religious background and socioeconomic status. However, he reminded Muslims of the teachings and practices of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), so that such un-Islamic practices do not take place in Muslim households.
Qari Asim MBE said: “In his 38 years of married life, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) never abused any of his wives, rather he was extremely gentle and compassionate with his family.
In fact, he strongly encouraged his followers to be gentle and kind to their families.
Domestic abusers very often excuse their violent actions to their victims as a result of frustration resulting from financial difficulties, problems with the children, family members or colleagues, cultural pressures, or an inferiority complex and they let out their frustration by abusing their spouses.
In order to justify their detestable violent actions, sometimes, people distort the meaning of a particular passage in the Glorious Qur’an and take it out of context. However, domestic violence has no justification, and we urge Muslims to display the highest standard of gentleness towards women.”