Thursday February 13, 2014 12:59 PM, News Network

Tripoli: The Voice of Libyan Women (VLW), a leading Libyan women’s NGO, is calling on everyone to wear a purple hijab, scarf or necktie to show their support for International Purple Hijab Day on Februray 13 – a day when all Muslims, men and women, unite against domestic abuse.

International Purple Hijab day

According to a report published by Libya Herald, the campaign, launched to commemorate the death of Aasiya Zubair, a Muslim American co-founder of Bridges TV (a network dedicated to promoting cultural awareness about Muslims), who was murdered by her husband on February 12, 2009, is to stress that domestic abuse in any form is not in any way tolerated..

Prior to her death, Aasiya Zubair had faced countless incidents of domestic abuse. Her husband excused himself in court, stating that Islamically it was permissible for him to kill her as she did not obey him.

Zubair’s death has sparked a grassroots movement among Muslim communities around the world to end domestic violence. Many initiatives were created including International Wear a Purple Hijab Day.

“It has been argued many times that violence against women is allowed in Islam, however, this is a grave falsehood due to the misinterpretation and misuse of religion. Islam does not teach, condone, or allow for the abuse of any living thing”, Voice of Libyan Women said in the appeal.

“It teaches Muslims not to harm others and Muslims are taught to believe there is a grave punishment for Muslims who do harm to others or abuse the land, sea or plant life”, it added.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the example of how excellent a human being can be, was known to have never harmed anyone in his family. He only used violence when on the battlefield against a clearly identified enemy.

“He taught self-restraint and peace during his time here on earth. Muslim advocates against domestic violence want to make it clear without any doubt that these heinous crimes that have been committed in some of the homes in the Islamic community are not supported by the Holy Qur’an or the valid Hadith (the sayings of the Prophet) and are not the norm”, it said.

“These are learned behaviors that have nothing to do with religious teachings or practices. On Feb. 13, we are asking you to participate with women around the world in speaking out against domestic abuse”, it said.

“As a Muslim community, let us support this cause and protect what is sacred to our religion and human rights. Wear your purple clothing proudly as you take on this mission of continuing the education of domestic violence to your own communities”, it said.

“We appreciate all your support on this day and ask you to please wear purple hijabs, scarves or neckties on Feberuary 13”, Voice of Libyan Women appealed.


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