MEDIA STATEMENT

AUSTRALIAN MUSLIM COLLABORATIVE DENOUNCES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Thursday, 13 April 2017, 17:30

(Signatories Updated: 17/04/17 15:30)

Australian Muslim women and men, unequivocally reject suggestions that there are religious justifications for any form of violence against women.

Domestic violence is a growing problem that cuts across all communities and it is everyone’s obligation to stand firmly against all forms of intimidation and abuse targeting women. Violence destroys lives; it profoundly harms women, harms children who witness it, destroys families and undermines the integrity and cohesion of the community.

Islam categorically prohibits and denounces the abuse of women. There is absolutely no justification for men to demean, threaten or abuse women, whether symbolically or otherwise.

This statement is an important reminder to young Australian Muslim women and men that any form of domestic violence is categorically unacceptable and there are countless Australian religious clerics who have publicly declared this to be the case including in this video released by the Lebanese Muslim Association in 2015 featuring the Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammad.

Break the Cycle – Domestic Violence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7AjGYjh91E

Any promotion of violence is against the spirit and letter of Islam. Violence against women not only betrays the example of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who deplored violence against women and other forms of mistreatment but also betrays the tireless efforts of Australian Muslim religious leaders, health and community workers who all work towards the eradication of all forms of violence.

Violence against women undermines the love, mercy and mutual support that should define a Muslim marriage. Muslim men are required to take the Prophet as their role model and should therefore be active in campaigns and programs to prevent men’s violence against women.

We also take this opportunity to reiterate that views that are not widely shared amongst the Australian Muslim community should not be sensationalised.

Signatories:

  • Sh Shady Alsuleiman, President Australian National Imams Council
  • Sh Professor Mohamad Abdalla, University of South Australia
  • Sh Haisam Farache, Cleric
  • Sh Wesam Charkawi, Cleric
  • Sh Ahmed Abdo, Cleric
  • Professor Abdullah Saeed, University of Melbourne
  • Samier Dandan, Lebanese Muslim Association
  • Waleed Aly, Broadcaster
  • Maha Abdo, Muslim Women Association & Linking Hearts Multicultural Family Support Service
  • Bilal Rauf, Barrister & Community Advocate
  • Tasneem Chopra, Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights
  • Zia Ahmad, Australasian Muslim Times AMUST
  • Dr Zachariah Matthews, Deen Academy
  • Dr Susan Carland, Academic & Author
  • Miriam Silva, Non-Executive Director
  • Yasmin Khan, Australian of the Year (Qld) Local Hero 2017
  • Sherene Hassan, Islamic Museum of Australia
  • Khaled Sukkarieh, Islamic Council of NSW
  • Adel Salman, Islamic Council of Victoria
  • Ali Kadri, Islamic Council of Queensland
  • Siddiq Buckley, Australian Islamic Mission (NSW)
  • Monique Toohey, Psychologist & Author
  • Silma Ihram, Australian Muslim Women’s Association
  • Mohamed El-Leissy, White Ribbon Ambassador
  • Sara Saleh, Human Rights Advocate
  • Dr Mehmet Ozalp, Islamic Science and Research Academy of Australia
  • Yusra Metwally, Lawyer
  • Shay Saleh, Humanitarian
  • Dr Zuleyha Keskin, Islamic Science and Research Academy of Australia
  • Mariam Veiszadeh, Islamophobia Register Australia
  • Dr Randa Abdel Fattah, Macquarie University & Author
  • Saara Sabbagh, Benevolence Australia
  • Samah Kader, Project Manager
  • Hana Assafiri, Community Activist
  • Sh Afroz Ali, Founder President Al-Ghazzali Centre, Sydney
  • Diana Abdel-Rahman, President Australian Muslim Voice
  • Zaahir Edries, Muslim Legal Network NSW
  • Azmeena Hussain, Director inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence
  • Irfan Yusuf, White Ribbon Day Ambassador
  • Dr Umber Rind, General Practitioner & Chair ICV Office for Women
  • Talal Elcheikh, President United Muslims NSW
  • Joumana Harris, Educator
  • Dr Jamal Rifi, General Practitioner
  • Manal Nasreddine, Speech Pathologist
  • Maged Jebeile, Lawyer & Legal Author
  • Melati Lum, Islamic Foundation Australia
  • Asad Ansari, Deputy chair, Islamic Museum of Australia
  • Manar Eltchelebi, Teacher & Community Worker
  • Dr Nora Amath, Chairperson Australian Muslim Advocates for the Rights of All Humanity (AMARAH)
  • Dr Waleed Alkhazrajy, Islamic Society of SA
  • Lina Maghraby, Teacher
  • Cindy Rahal, Occupational Worker
  • Nicole Alkhakzrajy, Radoographer
  • Fatima Erciyas, Secondary Teacher
  • Cindy Pitman, Mother
  • Signatories Updated: 17/04/17 15:30