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Canadian Muslims Issue Call to Action to Eradicate Domestic Violence

Prominent national as well as local Muslim organizations, community leaders and activists, as well as Imams from across Canada are joining together today to issue a Call to Action to Eradicate Domestic Violence. This Call highlights six ways Canadian Muslims can intensify their efforts to abolish all forms of domestic violence. As a first step, it calls on Imams across Canada to draw attention to December 6, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women by devoting their sermons on Friday December 9 to the issue.

The statement reads in part:

“As Muslims, we base our ethics and behaviour on the teachings of the Quran and the authenticated example of the Prophet Muhammad, who never hit a woman and taught the men that “the best amongst you is he who treats women the best”. The Quran unequivocally emphasizes the sanctity of all life, forbids all forms of coercion in matters of religion, and reminds us all that each of us is accountable for our actions directly to God, the only Judge.

“There is no room within these teachings for any person, by virtue of gender or position within the family, to seize control over the life and bodily security of another. Domestic violence and, in the extreme, practices such as killing to “restore family honour” violate clear and non-negotiable Islamic principles, and so we categorically condemn all forms of domestic violence.”

The full statement can be read here.

Ihsaan Gardee, Executive Director of the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN), says he supports the statement and encourages Canadian Muslims leaders and institutions who have not yet done so, to contact CAIR-CAN and add their name to list of organizations and individuals who have already endorsed (details listed below) the Call and echo its message in their Friday sermons on December 9, 2011.

“This is an important statement and its call must and will continue to be heard. Canadian Muslims take seriously their responsibility to confront what is a betrayal of the fundamental values of our faith and the example set by the Prophet Muhammad,” he added.

CAIR-CAN is a national, non-profit, grassroots organization striving to be a leading voice that enriches Canadian society through Muslim civic engagement and the promotion of human rights.


Imam Sikander Ziad Hashmi, Islamic Society of Kingston


Samira Kanji, President & CEO, Noor Cultural Centre


Ihsaan Gardee, CAIR-CAN Executive Director

613-254-9704 or 613-853-4111

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Muslim Organizations

1. Ahlul Bayt Centre, Ottawa
2. Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities (CAM-D) www.camd.ca
3. Canadian Council on American Islamic Relations- CAIR-CAN www.caircan.ca
4. Canadian Council of Imams www.canadiancouncilofimams.com
5. Canadian Muslim Forum www.fmc-cmf.com
6. DAR Foundation www.darfoundation.com
7. DawaNet www.DawaNet.ca
8. Faith of Life Network www.faithoflife.net
9. Federation of Muslim Women (FMW) www.fmw.org
10. Islamic Centre of Cambridge www.iccambridge.com
11. Islamic Chaplaincy Services Canada
12. Islamic Humanitarian Services *
13. Islamic Information and Da’wah Centre International www.islaminfo.com
14. Islamic Institute of Toronto www.islamicinstitute.ca
15. Islamic Social Services Association (ISSA) www.issaservices.com
16. Islamic Society of Kingston www.kingstonmuslims.net
17. Jamiatul Muslemeen of Ottawa (Jami Omar) www.jamiomar.org
18. Kanata Muslim Association * www.kanatamuslims.org
19. London Muslim Mosque www.londonmosque.ca
20. Lote Tree Foundation * www.lotetree.ca
21. Masjid al-Farooq Islamic Centre www.masjidfarooq.com
22. Muslim Association of Canada www.macnet.ca
23. Muslim Children’s Aid & Support Services www.muslimchildrensaid.ca
24. Muslim Education Network Training and Outreach Services (MENTORS) www.oais.net
25. Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA), Ottawa University
26. Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration www.mrcssi.com
27. Muslim Social Services of Kitchener-Waterloo www.muslimsocialserviceskw.org
28. Muslim Students’ Association, University of Ottawa
29. Muslim Students’ Association, University of Toronto Mississauga
30. Muslim Students’ Association, Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU MSA) www.wlumsa.com
31. Naseeha Muslim Youth Helpline www.naseeha.net
32. Noor Cultural Centre www.noorculturalcentre.ca
33. Ontario Association of Islamic Schools (OAIS) www.oais.net
34. P4E Support Group Inc. www.thep4e.com
35. Presence Musulmane www.presencemusulmane.org
36. Rohingya Canadian Association *
37. SeekersHub Toronto www.seekershub.org
38. Sound Vision www.SoundVision.com
39. Talim-ul-Islam (TUI), Weston, Ontario
40. TARIC Islamic Centre www.taric.org
41. The Coalition of Muslim Women of Kitchener -Waterloo www.cmw-kw.org
42. Young Muslims Canada www.youngmuslims.ca

Other Organizations

1. Canadian Association of Multicultural People www.facebook.com/pages/Canadian-Association-of-Multicultural-People/146896072047414
2. Pakistan Canada Association Waterloo-Wellington Counties
3. The Care Factor Community Services Inc www.thecarefactor.ca

Imams & Muslim Scholars

1. Abdul Hai Patel, Imam
2. Abdul Mannan Syed (Nadwi), Imam, Muslim Society of Waterloo
3. Abu Musa Imran Ally, Imam, TARIC Islamic Centre
4. Abu Noman Tarek, Imam, Islamic Centre of Cambridge
5. Ahmed Limame, Imam, Gatineau Mosque OIC *
6. Faraz Rabbani, Executive Director, SeekersHub Toronto
7. Habeeb Alli, Imam
8. Hamid Slimi, Dr. & Imam
9. Irshad Osman, Khateeb, Danforth Islamic centre and Toronto Islamic Centre
10. Jamal Taleb, Imam, London Muslim Mosque *
11. Mohammad Zahid, Shaikh
12. Omar Subedar, Imam, The Mathabah Foundation
13. Samy Metwally, Imam, Ottawa Muslim Association (OMA)
14. Shabir Ally, Imam, Islamic Information and Da’wah Centre International
15. Shafiq Hudda, Imam, Islamic Humanitarian Services
16. Sikander Ziad Hashmi, Imam, Islamic Society of Kingston
17. Tevfik al Jerrahi, Shaikh, Canadian Sufi Cultural Center
18. Timothy J. Gianotti, Dr.
19. Yahya Fadlalla, Dr. & Imam
20. Yusuf Badat, Imam, Islamic Foundation of Toronto
21. Zahir Bacchus, Imam & Principal, Lote Tree Foundation
22. Ziyad Delic, Dr. Imam, Ottawa

Community Leaders

1. A. Q. Mufti
2. Abdur Rafey Faruqi, President, UTM MSA; Director of Operations, Naseeha Muslim Youth Helpline
3. Adam Gilani, President, Muslim Students’ Association, University of Ottawa
4. Amjid Iqbal
5. Emdad Khan, Dr., President, South Nepean Muslim Community
6. Farheen Khan-Umer, Development Coordinator, Interim Place (Women’s Shelter) Peel; Chair, Council for the Advancement of Muslim Professionals – Canada Network
7. Farina Siddiqui, Community and Social Activist
8. Fauzia Mazhar, Coordinator, The Coalition of Muslim Women of KW
9. Hanny Hassan, C.M., former President, Council of Muslim Communities of Canada
10. Ibrahim Danial, Board Member, Canadian Muslim Lawyers Association (CMLA) and Muslim Association of Professionals (MAP) *
11. Ibrahim Hayani, Ryerson University
12. Idrisa Pandit *, Coordinator, Muslim Social Services of Kitchener-Waterloo
13. Irfan Khurshid, Executive Director, ICNA Relief Canada
14. Jeewan Chanicka, Community Activist & Youth Worker
15. Johnny Roberts, Human Rights Activist
16. Kassim Ebrahim, Marriage Officer – Province of Ontario
17. Kathy Bullock, Dr., President, The Tessellate Institute
18. Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan, C.M., O. Ont., Community worker, retired journalist, civil servant and Refugee Judge
19. Muneeb Nasir
20. Rabia Khedr, Disability and Human Rights Activist
21. Reza Rizvi, Co-Founder and Past President, Children of Hope
22. Saleha Khan *, Human Rights & Hate Crimes Consultant
23. Samira Kanji, President, Noor Cultural Centre
24. Shawana Shah, Neighbours Friends and Families Muslim Project (NFF -Ottawa)
25. Suleiman Gardee, Dr.
26. Taha Ghayyur, Sound Vision & TorontoMuslims.com
27. Wahida Valiante, Chair and National President, Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC); Chair, Islamic History Month Canada

To add your name and/or organization to the list of endorsers, please email CAIR-CAN at: info(@)caircan(.)ca . Please indicate “Call to Eradicate DV Endorsement” in the subject line.

Be sure to include your, and/or your organization’s full name, your title, and telephone number for verification.

* Indicates a signatory was added to the list after its initially release

Source: Cair Can

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