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Forum on domestic violence held in local mosque

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Domestic violence occurs in every community no matter its faith or culture. This weekend, a group called Resources and Help Against Marital Abuse or RAHAMA is bringing education and information on the topic to the Islamic community. A movie titled "Garments for Each Other" was shown last night. Garments play an important role in the Muslim culture, and Julie Algubani, a board member with RAHAMA, explains that the Koran shows they have symbolic significance in a marriage.

"It basically says your wives are a garment for you and you are a garment for them. So, that basically implies the intimacy of a husband and wife and how they are meant to beautify and protect each other. You know, if you're in a situation where what you're doing is not beautifying or protecting the other, then what you're doing is wrong."

RAHAMA was founded as a not-for-profit organization, based upon Islamic principles, to support women and children who are victims of domestic violence.

A series of speakers this morning at the An Noor Mosque provided legal, religious and cultural guidance on the topic.