Violence against Muslim women is often plagued by misrepresentations in the media. Often, the image of violence against Muslim women in the forms of honour killings or physical religious coercion is committed by their male family members in a strictly patriarchal environment. Through this lens, Islam is perceived as a violent and oppressive religion towards women. The counter narrative, supported by the Qur'an and Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH), is overshadowed by these misrepresentations. The main challenge for us as Muslims is to not deny the existence of abuse in our community but instead propagate the social protections provided through Islam to create a safe environment for Muslim women and children.
A responsive Muslim community is fundamental to supporting women and children facing such situations. Islam honours women greatly, especially those who are wives and mothers. In an authentic narration, the Prophet (PBUH) states that Paradise lies at the mother's feet (i.e. that the best way to reach Paradise is through the women in society). Additionally, the mother's rights are greater than of the father, and the duty to take care of her grows greater as the mother grows older and weaker. All of that is mentioned in many texts of the Qur'an and the Sunnah. As a community committed to the authentic teachings of Islam, we have a collective responsibility to address and come up with positive solutions.