A Training Workshop for the Inauguration of the Guiding Manual to Protect the Family from Violence


The Grand Mufti of the Kingdom, His Eminence Sheikh Abdul Karim Al-Khasawneh, in the presence of the Secretary-General of the National Council for Family Affairs, inaugurated the national training program on the guiding manual for protecting the family from violence, which targets all the Muftis of the Kingdom, which started the first courses for the Muftis of the Southern Region.

The manual, which was prepared by the National Council for Family Affairs in cooperation with UNICEF, includes a set of guiding messages that include moderate and influential religious discourse in cases of domestic violence. In addition, it includes a set of concepts and social issues that are related directly and indirectly to violence and highlights the role of some institutions and the measures they take to reduce violence and address its impacts.

His Eminence Sheikh Abdul Karim Al-Khasawneh pointed out the importance of partnership with the National Council for Family Affairs, which is chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, in protecting and stabilizing the family, and addressed the importance of creating a family model, that should be no glitch in it, and that needs the Muslim family, which must be fortified by a strong fortress.

He also noted the importance of the role of the National Council for Family Affairs in protecting the family, which was established for this purpose and referred to the role of religious institutions, which is important for this manual in cooperation with the National Council for Family Affairs in achieving and stabilizing the family.

Moreover, he indicated that the relationship between spouses is not a functional rivalry relationship, but rather a relationship based on affection, serenity, mercy, cooperation, and complementarity.

His Eminence Dr. Abdul Karim Al-Khasawneh mentioned examples from Islamic history on the role of the family in building society. He stated that both men and women are shepherds in their families and bear the responsibility of taking care of them and of their families.

He explained that Islam defined and clarified the rights and duties of each spouse and established ways to protect the family from disputes. In the event of disagreements and disputes, it developed solutions to these disagreements and disputes based on justice and equality.

Dr. Muhammad Miqdadi, the Secretary-General of the National Council for Family Affairs, pointed out the importance of preparing the guiding manual, which contributes to the Council's work with its partners in institutionalizing the family protection system and its members. It also supports the efforts of religious institutions in combating domestic violence and taking care of family affairs.

He addressed that many works include manuals, curricula, etc., and have been prepared by other institutions; but this manual is important here because it deals with the family comprehensively and collects all that has been prepared in this field, and it presents several guiding messages for workers in this field. It is also considered important because it is prepared in coordination and partnership with the three religious institutions (the General Iftaa’ Department, the Department of Supreme Judge, and the Ministry of Awqaf And Islamic Affairs). Where its topics were identified, and a methodology was developed that includes multiple stages that included brainstorming, holding meetings and reviewing, and holding a consultative meeting that included representatives of the three institutions to be approved in its final form.

Miqdadi emphasized the importance of the manual in light of the persistence of domestic violence cases in Jordanian society, the emergence of several serious issues that posed a threat to the lives of family members, and the continued spread of some social misconceptions that justify violence instead of undermining and denying it, in addition to the misreading of legal or jurisprudential texts.