Dallas Muslims Rally Against Domestic Violence
Wearing bright red kufi caps, members of the Alif Laam Meem group stood shoulder to shoulder with their brothers and sisters in humanity to stand against domestic violence.
“The issue of domestic violence is one that cannot be ignored,” the group wrote. “It has repercussions that not only affects the victim, but the family as a whole. And broken families lead to broken communities, and broken communities lead to a broken society. Muslims say NO to domestic violence!”
Alif Laam Meem, the only active Muslim fraternity in the country based at the University of Texas in Dallas, received a lot of positive feedback for taking part.
They were interviewed by local news agencies, met with other groups in the Dallas area, and were given a shout-out during the event.
“We stood out with our red kufis, formal attire, and big signs,” Ali Mahmoud, the President of Alif Laam Meem told Blessedislam. “During the rally, Mayor Rawlings saw our sign and gave us a shout out from the stage. We also wanted to get on the news to show what Muslim men are about.”
Mayor of the City, Mike Rawlings, initially called for 10,000 people to stand up for women’s rights and stand up against domestic violence of all kinds.
The protest, held at the City Hall Plaza on Marilla Street, drew thousands of people and featured professional athletes, religious leaders and other notable speakers.
According to statistics, in the span of one year from 2011 to 2012, the number of Dallas murders related to domestic violence more than doubled.
Domestic Violence is a crime. If you are witness to or a victim of a domestic violence crime, please call 911.