Hurma is an ancient Arabic and prophetic term signifying sacred inviolability. In Islamic legal discourse, hurma is invoked most commonly to uphold the sacred inviolability of the body, prohibiting bodily harm, humiliation and disfigurement. Hurma extends even to the bodies of the dead, prohibiting their mutilation and disrespect. The pre-Islamic Arabs had a deep reverence for sacred times and sacred places; what they did not recognize was the sacred inviolability of each person created by God. The Prophet Muhammad, may God’s peace and blessings be upon him, told his Companions that each person in the community has the same sacred inviolability as the holy cities, the holy months and the holy days. He asked them to convey this message to those who were absent. Our aim is to truly understand the implications of the Prophet’s words in our communities in our time when we are faced with grave abuses, and accusations of abuse, of vulnerable persons in our Muslim spaces. We pray to be among those who “might comprehend”.
Sexual assault, abuse, harassment and gender-based violence constitute grave violations of the sacred inviolability of a person. The Hurma Project aims to affirm and reinforce the inviolability of our children, youth, students, women, men, and all community members who are seeking education, counseling, safety and fellowship in mosques and Islamic centers, Islamic schools, seminaries and institutes, Islamic conferences, camps and ‘third-spaces,’ and other Muslim settings. Hurma extends to the honor of each person, as well as their physical, social, and emotional safety, in our communities.
The Hurma Project is committed to upholding the sacred inviolability of each person who is present in our Muslim spaces by elucidating the special responsibilities of those holding power and authority and by educating those who are vulnerable about their God-given dignity and rights.
*The Hurma Project has been supported by many generous donors including: Pillars Fund, Waraich Family, Mirza Family and El-Hibri Foundation.
Graduate Student in Anatomy & Cell Biology