Dayton Mercy Society Faith Statement
(As part of the Interfaith Conference Planning Committee
Addressing Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. Dayton, Ohio – October 2014)
What you need to know about domestic violence and human trafficking.
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and muggings combined. In the U.S., 1200 women are killed each year by their partner.
Human trafficking is the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.
Oppression of human beings goes against Islamic teachings and value regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or class. Absolutely nothing justifies these crimes in Islam.
Why should the mosque get involved?
As Prophet Muhammad (Peace and be willing to educate our communities about it.
Consider these Quranic verses:
Quran 4:1: Equality Before God
“O mankind! reverence your Lord, who created you from a single soul, and (reverence) the wombs (that bore you), for God ever watches over you.”
Quran 4:75: Oppression and actionable
“And what is wrong with you that you fight not in the Cause of Allâh, and raise for us from You one who will help.”
Quran 4:135: Stand protection
O ye who believe! stand if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do.
Quran 7:85 illustrates the respect and due for the rights of workers
“O my people! Worship God alone: you have no deity other than Him. Clear evidence of the truth has now come unto you from your Sustainer. Give, therefore, full measure and do not spread corruption on earth after it has been so well ordered: [all]this is for your own good, if you would but believe.
Quran 9:71: Both men and forbid evil
“The Believers, men and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise.”
What can you and your mosque do?
- Publicize the national domestic violence hotline (1-800-799-SAFE).
- Publicize the national human trafficking hotline (1-888-373-7888)
- Ask your imam to preach on the issue of domestic violence and human trafficking so if there are persons in your congregation being abused, they will know their imam is aware of this issue.
- Create a bulletin board of display about domestic violence, with materials about local services.
- Stop bullying when it happens. Talk about bullying with children and young people in your congregation.
- Recognize October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
- Create a mosque climate of openness, acceptance, and healing.
- Encourage all imams and other family members.
- Adopt policy and programs.
- Assess currently available prevention and services. Wherever possible, undertake new programs ecumenically or as part of a community coalition.
- Set up and for rape victims. A trained resource person or professional counselor should be consulted for assistance in setting up peer support groups.
- Encourage mosque members to volunteer their services to existing shelters, crisis centers, and other community services. Insist upon training for volunteers.
- Learn and preach on scriptural interpretations that validate violence or abuse or support a view of women as subordinate to men or children as property of adults.
- Give attention to Islamic teachings on repentance and forgiveness.
- Participate in Child Abuse Prevention Month each April.