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The Islamic Day For Elimination Violence Against Women January 2011

In the name of God,
the Most Merciful the most Gracious

“God commands justice, the doing of good, and liberality to kith and kin, and He forbids all
shameful deeds, and injustice and rebellion: He instructs you, that ye may receive admonition.”
Al Nahl[16:90]

Women have been facing violence and oppression that have violated her inherent rights and have
resulted in negative side effects. Due to the fact that she represents one of the social pillars to the
existence of humanity, society at an international level should have long since taken action.  
This action was implemented finally in the establishment of November 25 as the universal day for
fighting violence against women.
A person who believes in God and the day of Judgment should feel twice the sense of
responsibility and be motivated by his faith in God to stand for truth, justice, and equality. In
particular, those who are faithful to the teachings of the Holy Quran, reject injustice and wrong-
doing, and those who have answered the call of the righteous prophets, especially the prophet
Muhammad (p.b.u.h.)-the prophet of mercy and humanity
Throughout his life, his relationship with his wives and daughters carry many messages. It has
been narrated in the book, “Al-Wasael”:
Abi Al-Hasan Al-Ridha (a.s) said:
The prophet, may the peace and blessings be upon him,  said:
“Allah, Glory be to he, is much gentler with the female [over the male], and there is no male who
brings happiness to a woman of his kin, but that Allah will bless him with happiness on the Day of
As a result of the distorted image that the extremists have portrayed about Islam and Muslims and
the media’s use of these images to their advantage, it was of utmost importance that we show
Islam’s true nature to women. Therefore, distinguished scholars got together to announce an
official Islamic day designated for fighting oppression for the sake of women rights.
The first of Safar is special, it is the day the prophet’s family (may the peace and blessings be
upon him and his progeny) reached Damascus in the year 61st of Hijrah after facing the severest
kinds of oppression, and thus was established Safar 1 as the official Islamic day for Fighting
Violence Against Women.   

The oppression that the daughters of the prophet (p.b.u.h.) faced has long since been a symbol
and banner against the injustice and subjugation that women all over the world go through. The
Islam that the prophet came with commands righteousness and justice, and admonishes wrong-
doing and injustice. Islam dignifies and honors women, and seeks to protect her rights, therefore
by commemorating this day, we are commemorating Lady Zainab and all those with her.    

1. Develop awareness in rejecting and condemning violence against women through the
remembrance of the injustice faced by the prophet’s family upon arriving in Sham, on Safar 1,
61st of Hijrah.

2. Emphasize the fact that Islam rejects oppression.
Allah (swt) has said:
The blame is only against those who oppress men with wrong-doing and insolently transgress
beyond bounds through the land, defying right and justice: for such there will be a penalty
grievous [Al-Shura 42:42].

3. Introduce this campaign in institutions and in international activities which contributes in
portraying the real picture of Islam.

4. Correct the false mindset that Islam allows and supports certain kinds of violence faced by

5. Islam today, doesn’t mean limiting its activities in Islamic societies only, rather it means
opening up to others, even non-Muslims, since our aim is to activate the divine Islamic principles
for all humanity.

6. Any drawback or shortcoming in the application of Islam is the responsibility of the ignorant, the
radicals, and the extremists. Islam disowns each and every one of them.

In case of any questions or clarifications regarding the Islamic day for Fighting Violence Against
Women, you can contact us at:
Opposing Violence Against Women
Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights honored Al-Hakim Foundation

During the foundation's participation on the Conference for the Mass Graves held in London January
2012 ,Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights honored Al-Hakim Foundation. The Director of International
Relations Ms. Layla Alkhafaji received the shield of honor for the Foundation's distinctive role in
advocating human rights.