Dear beloved reader,
It has been an exhausting but thoroughly rewarding journey to have arrived here and we, the team at Nour, would like to extend our warmest greetings to you.
Assalamu-alaikum wa-rahmatullahi wa-barakuatuhu (may peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be with you.)
Nour translates in Arabic as angelic light, one with connotations of peace, warmth and beauty. It is a domestic violence organisation but new of its kind, as we seek to use Islamic inspiration to deal with this silent yet threatening issue which is unfortunately prevalent in our societies. While many communities are finally standing up and addressing domestic violence, it appears that though Islam is at the forefront of advocating peace and justice, this has been left in the dark cupboards of the homes where domestic violence has been dictating the lives of many Muslims.
Unfortunately Muslims have so far been reluctant to come forward and seek advice and help in regards to domestic violence for many reasons including the self belief that they are compromising their faith and being disloyal to Allah. However, sabr (patience) does not mean to suffer in silence. Additionally, there is also a misguided and incorrect belief that Islam condones domestic violence. However, Nour will work towards highlighting that domestic violence is absolutely condemned by Islam and the two do not co-exist. We will also seek to help victims of domestic violence and re-assure them that we will be sensitive to their faith and provide them with Islamic advice and counselling from Muslim counsellors so that they may feel more able to find the necessary support they need to resolve their situation.
Many have asked who we are and why we decided to embark on a project for domestic violence. The answer is quite simple, for too long we have ignored important issues in our own community related to domestic violence. 1 in 4 women will suffer from domestic violence but we believe this could be significantly greater for minority communities, especially the Muslim community. It is time we learnt not to be ashamed but rise up and deal with this plague in our homes. Marriage/unity and families are the necessary infrastructure for a good and strong society, however how does one expect for any society to prosper if the foundations in the home are not strong?
And who are we? We call ourselves a team, the team at Nour. We are passionate and exuberant individuals but our faces and names are blurred in the background because our focus and goals for Nour are more important. We shy away from talking about ourselves but ask us about Nour and we evolve into keen activists. Who we are is not of importance, but who we want to help is of the most importance. We hope you will support the work by Nour so that together, we can really make a difference to the lives of victims of domestic violence.
On a final note, Nour would like to acknowledge and dedicate gratitude to a special brother, Azad Ali, who has helped us take an idea from inception and help build what is now Nour. Furthermore, we would like to thank all of our sponsors and supporters.
We look forward to meeting you at our forthcoming events and hope you will follow our work and support us in any way you can.
Wasalaam mu-alaikum (peace be with you)
The team at Nour