One year ago, Aasiya Zubair Hassan was brutally murdered by her husband. Since then, Muslim communities around the United States have been working to eradicate domestic violence and striving to remember Aasiya and others like her.
Below is a list of events on domestic violence taking place in the United States in the month of February. This list was put together by the team at AltMuslimah. If you have additional
• Hadayai Majeed, of Baitul Salaam Network Inc, has organized a global initiative called International Wear Purple/Lavender Hijab Day, from February 13 – 16, which has garnered overwhelming support through Facebook, with over 1100 confirmed attendants. She hopes that eventually Domestic Violence Awareness Month can be shifted to February, to eliminate conflicting advocacy efforts with raising awareness for Breast Cancer.
• Domestic Harmony Foundation (http://www.dhfny.org/) and Turning Point for Women and Families (http://www.turningpoint-ny.org/) are hosting a joint panel discussion event, to clear the misconceptions of Islam and treatment of women and condemn once again the heinous act of domestic violence against sister Aasiya.
• Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence (MMADV), an initiative of Baitul Salaam Network, Inc., has organized a prayer vigil in Atlanta, followed by a presentation by Brother Shyam Sriram.
• Muslim Community Center (MCC, http://mccmd.org/sunday-lectures), in Maryland, will be holding a panel discussion on Domestic Violence with Dr. Imad A. Ahmad (Islamic-American Zakat Foundation), Razi Kosi (Counselors Helping (South) Asians / Indians Inc. “CHAI”), and Holly Gaydos (Domestic Violence Counselor of MCC Clinic). Salma ElKadi Abugideiri, Co-Director of Peaceful Families Project, will moderate the panel.
• Renowned Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, founder of Sound Vision, as well as other Muslim scholars and leaders across North America, have expressed their intention to give a sermon addressing domestic violence during the month of February.
• Spokane Islamic center (http://www.spokaneislamiccenter.org/), in Washington State, is holding a Purple Hijab Day along with a speaker event on domestic violence.
• Peaceful Families Project (PFP) is spearheading a “Take A Stand Against Domestic Violence” Video Campaign (http://stand.peacefulfamilies.org/), featuring pledges and messages from Muslims all over the world, denouncing domestic violence and joining hands in the fight to eradicate it from our ummah.
• Healthy Families Initiative (http://healthyfamiliesinitiative.blogspot.com/), a program of the Rhode Island Council for Muslim Advancement, is holding a second showing of the Peaceful Families Project & FaithTrust Institute DVD “Garments for One Another,” to raise awareness and educate the community on the Islamic perspective on Domestic Violence.
• Muslim Men Against Domestic Abuse (MMADA) is campaigning for Muslims to sign their Call to Action pledge, and is actively reaching out to masajid to dedicate one sermon in February to the topic of Domestic Violence.
• Dar al Islam, a New Mexico non-profit organization, will soon be launching Project Sakinah: Stop Family Violence Now, to stimulate awareness and action in the Muslim community. (http://www.projectsakinah.org/)
• Several schools, including the Girls’ Student Council at the College Preparatory School of America (http://www.cpsaonline.com/), a Muslim School in Lombard, IL, have also organized a domestic violence awareness event.
If your community also has domestic violence awareness programs or events planned, feel free to post them in the comments.