Aqaba: Conclusion of a Training Workshop for Imams and Preachers in the Southern Region


Organized by the National Council for Family Affairs in cooperation with UNICEF, a training workshop on instruction manual on the protection of family from violence for imams and male and female preachers of the Ministry of Awqaf, Islamic Affairs and Holy Places has been concluded today.

At the conclusion of the workshop, Mohammad Khalayleh, the Minister of Awqaf, Islamic Affairs and Holy Places, a trustee of the National Council for Family Affairs, said that the family is one of the most important institutions that need to be managed, and its management is not a simple matter, stressing that the success of the family relationship is defined by Allah Almighty in the Holy Qur’an as being based on affection and mercy. He added, that if the basis exists, a family will have a better life. The responsibility for managing the family is not authoritarian but consultative that is based on cooperation between husband and wife and among family members.

Khalayleh explained the importance of the workshop and the manual in providing imams and male & female preachers with tools that enable them to successfully perform the guidance process and play their role in family reform, especially in light of the recent technological progress and developments, the emergence of social media and the development of media, which have significantly affected the lives of families and communities.

On his part, Dr. Muhammad Fakhri Miqdadi, the Secretary-General of the National Council for Family Affairs, said that the family is currently facing significant changes and updates that have positively and negatively affected the purpose for which the family is founded.

Dr. Miqdadi stressed that the series of training workshops on the religious institutions guide to support the efforts of these institutions in light of the persistence of domestic violence cases in society, the emergence of many serious issues that have threatened the lives of family members, and the continued spread of some social misconceptions that justify violence instead of undermining and denying it, as well as the misreading of legal or jurisprudential provisions.

Dr. Miqdadi noted that the manual preparation methodology was based on a partnership between the Ministry of Awqaf, the Supreme Judge Department, and the General Iftaa Department, where the consensual aspects were focused on and controversial, especially jurisprudential, issues were neglected; focusing on linking messages to moderate and influential religious discourse in domestic violence issues.

He noted that the manual shows the interrelationship between the work and services of the target institutions and the role of their employees on the hand and the issue of dealing with domestic violence issues and shifting content. This is to provide employees with the necessary knowledge tools and skills that enable them to contribute to the comprehensive national effort in protecting the family.

In turn, Dr. Faris Jawazneh, the Director of Awqaf of Aqaba Governorate, referred to the role of the family as the basic unit of society, and the pillar for the development of thought, stressing the importance of this workshop, which reflected the active cooperation between the National Council for Family Affairs and the Ministry of Awqaf, Islamic Affairs and Holy Places.

In the said three-day workshop, in which Yusuf Shibli and Dr. Zainabl Ubous from the Ministry of Awqaf delivered speeches, Sharia's position on violence was explained, the violence indicators and violence prevention means were discussed, causes, consequences and types of violence were clarified, and the role of imams and male and female preachers in reduction of domestic violence was illustrated.

It should be mentioned that the Council and UNICEF will continue during this year to complete a series of training workshops for religious institutions, including the General Iftaa Department, the Supreme Judge Department and the Ministry of Awqaf in the central and northern regions, to familiarize the largest possible number of employees of such institutions with the instruction manual on the protection of family from violence and its content, which was prepared in 2021. (Petra)