Alhaji Khuzaima Mohammed Osman, the Executive Secretary for Tijjaniya Muslim Movement of Ghana (TMMG) has described violence and coercive use of power as a tool of control.
He said they constituted oppression and therefore had no legitimacy in Islam.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Tema, he noted that marriage in the Islamic context was a means of tranquillity, protection, peace, and comfort thus abuse of any kind on women was in conflict with the principles of marriage.
According to him, under no circumstances was violence against women encouraged in Islam, adding that, the Quran and Hadith encourage couples to live with mutual love, respect, and kindness.
Alhaji Osman explained that any husband that insulted and raised a hand against his wife was like raising his hand and insulting God and his prophet.
He stressed that there were a lot of misconceptions surrounding Islam and domestic violence underlying that people who weren’t Muslims thought Islam condoned violence which was not the case.
“There is no place for domestic abuse in Islam, let’s come together as Muslims to eradicate domestic abuse from our society,” he added.
Alhaji Osman noted the fact that domestic violence was a blight on society emphasizing it was a mental and social illness that went through every part of the society and therefore it was important for the citizenry and the society to address such issues in the country.
He beseeched victims of domestic violence to be bold and voice out to the necessary authorities to enforce the law on the culprits.
He advised Islamic Scholars and Imam to end the silence on the issue by discussing the issue of domestic violence in their sermons.