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

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

Sunday, November 29, 2020

The religion of Islam, which considers all of the human as “The one with dignity among the created” in nature and from the creation, has guaranteed the fundamental rights and liberties of all people without subjecting them to any discrimination through its principles and rules that give life to the earth. In this respect, the religion of Islam, which considers the life, property, honor and privacy of all of the people regardless of sex as men and women, and young and elder as sacred, is a religion that is the guaranty of peace on the earth with its principles that are full of blessings. 

And our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw), the Messenger of Blessings, who lived his life as being an example to the whole world by living each of the principles of Islam one by one, always built his relationships with the people over the universal values such as mercy, compassion, justice and lawfulness. In this context, he drew the attention to the fact that the fundamental value regarding the humanly relationships was to get along with the people in a good way by commanding us as “A believer is a person who is friendly. No blessing is on those who cannot get along with the people and whom the people cannot get along with.” (Ahmad, Musnad, 2/400)

However, unfortunately, our World has been getting through a merciless spiral of violence especially for the last century. Aforementioned such spiral of violence which threats all of the humanity regardless of the differences on religion, race, geography, sex and social status especially has an effect on the weak and defenseless part of the society, children and women. It should be known by all of us that injuring, defaming and exposing a defenseless person, women and children to violence regardless of the reason is a reflection of the mindset from the age of ignorance which lacks justice and compassion.  As a matter of fact that the existence of justice and compassion in a society, and the level of conscience and morals in a person are measured by the behaviors against the weak and defenseless.

In this respect, the religion of Islam desires to demolish completely the aforementioned such mindset from the age of ignorance that harms, alienates and defames by commodifying the human, especially the women and children, and it desires that the respect and compassion to dominate in the hearts, blessings and love to dominate in the families, and justice and lawfulness to dominate in the society. Especially this warning, which he delivered on the Hajj of Farewell, of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw), the Messenger of Allah (swt), who placed the notions of law, trust, respect and compassion on the focus point of the behaviors against the women, is the most clear explanation of the significance that the religion of Islam pays to the matter and it is as follows:  “O people! Safeguard the rights of the women! Treat them with compassion and love! So I advise you fear the Almighty Allah (swt) in respect to women…” (Muslim, Hajj, 147)

Therefore, the only way that shall save all of us such spiral of violence that damages the unity of family and the integrity of society from the foundation is to give an ear to such advice of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). It is to place mercy, justice, compassion and fairness on the foundation of our relationships by adopting the blessed messages of Qur’an, the principles of ethics of the religion of Islam and the exemplary life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (saw). It is to initiate a comprehensive mobilization of mercy that embraces all of the created especially our women and children.

In this respect, I hope the events that shall be executed on the occasion of ‘25th November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ shall contribute to establish a permanent awareness regarding the goodness and mercy and all the women and children who continue their lives all over the earth to reach peaceful days which are far away from any kind of violence, negligence and abuse.

Prof. Dr. Ali ERBAŞ

The President of Religious Affairs