Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said,
“Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is an oppressed one. The companions asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! It is alright to help him if he is oppressed, but how should we help him if he is an oppressor?” The Prophet said, “By preventing him from oppressing others.”
In honor of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), Muslim Aid USA is dedicating its time and efforts to providing trauma-informed services to survivors of domestic and gender-based violence. We are supporting two different projects — one based in NYC and the other in Somalia — with a mission that aligns with ours to combat the domestic violence pandemic. The two projects provide necessary services to assist survivors, further encouraging them to find the strength they need to get out of the cycles of abuse they are trapped in, both physically and mentally.
An average of 20 individuals experience intimate partner violence every minute [in the U.S]. That amounts to more than 10 million victims of abuse every year.
Although we have all heard of domestic violence and abuse, do we really know the extent of what it entails, and how brutal it can be?
Batterers are usually apologetic after an abusive episode, but as the cycle repeats, the abuse tends to worsen.
According to the Peaceful Families & Project Sakinah 2011 DV Survey:Nearly 50% of American Muslims experience some form of domestic violence, including emotional, verbal, financial, physical, or sexual. Statistics also show that one in every three women in the U.S is, has been, or will be a victim of domestic violence at some point throughout her lifetime. A study of 57 closed-case files from an American Muslim women’s shelter revealed that 37% had experienced multiple types of abuse, 23% experienced physical abuse, and 12% experienced emotional abuse. Children are not excused from the effects of abuse. Statistics show that children who are in households where domestic violence is happening have the same symptoms as children who are abused themselves.
This is not a mild form of injustice. It is an atrocity being witnessed all around the world, in both Muslim and non-Muslim communities. We must collectively take a stand in bringing an end to violence and oppression in the home. Let’s do our part in finding resolve.
Allah tells us in Chapter 4 of the Qur’an:
“… Be upholders of justice, and bearers of witness to truth for the sake of Allah, even though it may either be against yourselves or against your parents or kinsmen, or the rich or the poor: for Allah is more concerned with their well-being than you are…”