Devoted Muslim Activists Join International Purple Hijab Day Event
Muslim united to speak out about domestic abuse in their community.
(Atlanta, GA, 2/13/10) -Saturday, February 13, 2010 was International Purple Hijab Day, a day to reflect on the deaths which have resulted from domestic violence. A purple hijab is an apt reference for this phenomenon. The hijab—or head scarf is a symbol of the modesty and piety associated with Muslim womanhood and the purple is a color associated with mourning.
The Baitul Salaam Network, Inc., a national domestic violence awareness organization has put out a call for all in the Islamic community in the U.S. and abroad to reflect on the cases of death due to domestic violence in the Islamic community here in the U.S. and around the world.
“We have a very serious problem of domestic abuse, both nationally and internationally, that we as a community need to face head-on and work together to eradicate,” says Hadayai Majeed, co-founder and administrator of the organization.
So far the call has been answered by other organizations and individuals throughout the U.S. In Rhode Island the Healthy Families Initiative hosted an all day workshop using materials developed by the Peaceful Families Project, a Muslim domestic violence think tank and advocacy organization headquartered in northern Virginia.
In Atlanta, Georgia, Muslim Men Against Domestic Violence-Atlanta, an initiative of Baitul Salaam Network, Inc., facilitated by Professor Shyam Sriram of Georgia Perimeter College, coordinated a prayer vigil.
In New York City HARIM, a Muslim women’s artist and writers collaborative, hosted a literary event featuring South Asian poetry, at 37th Avenue and 74th in Street Jackson Heights.
On the same day, organizers called for a moment of silence in the Islamic community to remember all eleven reported murders of Muslims due to domestic violence and all others that have not been reported in the US and around the world.
National Domestic Violence Awareness organization headquartered in Stone Mountain, GA. Works to assist families who are struggling economically, emotionally and spiritually due to some form of domestic abuse.
For more information, contact Hadayai Majeed at 770-255-8500.