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The End to Hitting Women: Islamic Perspective on Domestic Violence | Imam Abdullah Hasan

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For a pdf version of this article click The End to Hitting Women Perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misconstrued verses in the Qur'an by Muslims and non-Muslims alike is verse 4:34, the so-called 'chastisement verse'. Those who claim that the verse allows husbands to hit their wives argue that the verse suggests a three step solution in the event ... Read More »

Nour Responds to Panorama’s Secret of Britain’s Shariah Councils

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The BBC show Panorama, through secret filming, has found that Shari'ah courts are not helping women in domestic violent situations. The Telegraph states: “85 councils operating in mosques and houses across the country has revealed that the courts, which are run by sharia councils, are ruling in favor of men meeting estranged wives or having access to children when they ... Read More »

Domestic Violence: Why Women Endure?

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No matter what the reason may be, there is no excuse for enduring injustice. Unfortunately, in many cultures, there is so much negativity associated with seeking help through a third party and/or pursuing a divorce, that many women willingly endure domestic violence rather than protect their rights. Read More »

Haleh Banani | Where Psychology Meets Islam | Anger Management Part 2

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Are you in control of your anger or is anger controlling you? Uncontrolled anger can lead to problems in your personal relationships, at work and the overall quality of your life. Learn the different kinds of anger, relaxation techniques, cognitive restructuring and better communication in order to take control over your anger. Read More »

Haleh Banani | Where Psychology Meets Islam | Anger Management Part 1

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Are you in control of your anger or is anger controlling you? Uncontrolled anger can lead to problems in your personal relationships, at work and the overall quality of your life. Learn the different kinds of anger, relaxation techniques, cognitive restructuring and better communication in order to take control over your anger. Read More »

A Family in Severe Psycho-Spiritual Crisis- Guilty Verdict in Shafia Murders

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The Shafia family practiced what would be termed cultural or cafeteria Islam. This is the Islam in which immigrant parents raise their children in a relatively secular household but then expect them, the girls especially, to behave as law abiding, pious Muslims. This pick-n-choose ‘Islam’ is epitomized by double standards for girls and boys; where boys are free to gallivant late at night and the girls can dare not be seen working on a school project with a boy. Read More »

Arranged Marriage is not Forced Marriage

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Arranged marriages are the cultural norm for many Muslims across the world. Men and women who are ready to get married may meet their future spouse through family or friends. Forced marriage, on the other hand, occurs when a man or woman is coerced by the family to marry, using threats, emotional blackmail, fraud, and even bribes. Arranged against the person will, without consent or consent under duress. That is not a marriage in Islam; it is oppression and abuse. Read More »

Domestic Violence Series: A Hidden Evil and Muslim Communities

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It is the extreme sensational cases that make it to the front pages of newspaper. We were all horrified by the story of Nazish Noorani, a young mother killed by her abusive husband. What we don’t hear are the voices of the abused behind the closed doors of many homes across social, economic, ethnic, racial and gender lines. They exist in our community just as they exist in the non-Muslim communities. Domestic violence is, again, a human problem much like sexual harassment. Read More »

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