Message of 25th November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by President of Religious Affairs Erbaş

Message of 25th November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women by President of Religious Affairs Erbaş

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

In his message of 25th November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, President of Religious Affairs Erbaş stated that Islam considers any kind of violence against any kind of creature as an evil act and said “It is not possible for an understanding that sees the violence against woman as rightful to find any base within the Islamic ethics.”

Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Erbaş’ın 25 Kasım Kadına Yönelik Şiddete Karşı Uluslararası Mücadele Günü Mesajı

Diyanet İşleri Başkanı Erbaş’ın 25 Kasım Kadına Yönelik Şiddete Karşı Uluslararası Mücadele Günü Mesajı

Islam which considers all humans as equal in being a servant to Allah (swt) commanded us to establish humanly relations on universal values such as conscience, affection and mercy in the axis of “humanitarian” for the construction of a community where basic fundamental rights and liberties of every person are safeguarded.  With this respect, the main case that determines the nature of social relationships in Islamic community is the identity of being a “human” which is granted to ever person by birth.  On the contrary, in ignorant communities, humanly relations are established on every kind of discriminations. In such communities, worldly interests are preferred over humanitarian values; and conscience, affection and mercy are replaced by every kind of oppression, violence and social conflicts. As a fact repeated throughout the history up to today, violence is a crime against humanity which is exclusive to the ignorant communities and minds. 

All prophets since Hazrat Adam challenged against ignorant minds that considered themselves superior with a concessional understanding by factionalizing the others, looked down on the others, and stepped on honor of the other people.  And our dear prophet who was an example for the humanity by living every principle of Islam fought against violation with justice, grace and mercy. Even against people who were making the life of him miserable, he countered them with understanding and mercy even though he had the power to counterattack them in the harshest way. Because Islam considers violence against woman or man, child or old, and even every kind of creature in nature as an evil act.

Today violence that has reached a level to danger all humanity regardless of religion, language, geography, education level and social status has been targeting our women cruelly. Whatever the reason, to look down on a person and step on his or her honor is the impression of a sick soul and ignorant understanding. It is not possible for an understanding that sees the violence against woman as rightful to find any base within the Islamic ethics and consideration.

It is a humanitarian duty of every individual of the community to fight with commitment against such primitive understanding. As a matter of fact, with the direction of the command “Live with them on a footing of kindness and equity” (Al Nisa, 4/19) in Qur’an, our Prophet commanded us as following: “The best of you is the one who treats his wife the best!” (Ibn al- Mace, Nikah, 50) The Messenger of Allah who put right, trust, respect and affection in the center of lawful and ethical relationships between men and women made a will to humanity in his Farewell Hajj as follows:  “People! Respect the rights of women! Treat them with affection and love! I advise you to be frightened from Allah (swt) for them…” (Muslim, Hajj, 147)

The only way that will save us from this spiral of violence darkening the life of women and intoxicating the family is to give an ear to the advice of our prophet. Every Muslim must adopt the life model of our prophet and place fairness, justice, affection and mercy into the base of our relationships.  Because these values lead to soften the solid hearts, melt the hostility, replace grudge and hatred with intimacy and affection, and people knowing and understanding each other. 

In this respect, I hope the events to be in ‘25th November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ to bring us an equable understanding and teach our people that violence is eliminated by mercy and anger is eliminated by affection. I wish women and children in our country and all over the world reach to peaceful days far from abuse and ignorance, and a justice understanding of affection and mercy dominates our lives.

Prof. Dr. Ali ERBAŞ

President of Religious Affairs