TheReligionofPeace - Islam: Can a Husband Beat His Wife?
From the Hadith:
Bukhari (72:715)- A woman came to Muhammad and begged her to stop her husband frombeating her. Her skin was bruised so badly that she it is described as being "greener" than thegreen veil she was wearing. Muhammad did
admonish her husband, but instead ordered her toreturn to him and submit to his sexual desires. Muslim (4:2127)- Muhammad struck his favorite wife, Aisha, in the chest one evening when sheleft the house without his permission. Aisha narrates,
"He struck me on the chest which caused me pain."
"Iyas bin ‘Abd Allah bin Abi Dhubab reported the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) as saying: Do not beat Allah’s handmaidens, but
when ‘Umar came to the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) and said: Women have become emboldened towards their husbands, he (the Prophet) gave permission to beat them.
Then many women came round the family of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) complaining against their husbands. Sothe Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) said : Many women have gone round Muhammad’s family complaining against their husbands. They are not the best among you."
At first,Muhammad forbade men from beating their wives, but he rescinded this once it was reported thatwomen were becoming emboldened toward their husbands. Beatings are sometimes necessary tokeep women in their place. Abu Dawud (2142)-
"The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: A man will not be asked as to whyhe beat his wife."
Ishaq 969- Commands that a married woman be
"put in a separate room and beaten lightly"
"act in a sexual manner toward others."
According to the Hadith, this can be for an offense aspetty as merely being alone with a man to whom she is not related.
Muslim apologists often squirm over this relatively straightforward Qur'an verse (4:34). Theirmasterful aerobics of denial inspired us to write a separate article:Wife Beating- Good Enough for Muhammad, Good Enough for You Others are not nearly as embarrassed. Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradhawi, one of the most respectedMuslim clerics in the world, once made the famous (and somewhat ridiculous statement) that
"It is forbidden to beat the woman, unless it is necessary."
He also went on to say that
"one may beat only to safeguard Islamic behavior,"
leaving no doubt that wife-beating is a matter of religioussanction. (source)
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