JORDAN TIMES: "Wife has right to beat husband -fatwa"

Agence France Press

Religion of S & M:

“A wife has the legitimate right to hit her husband in order to defend herself” 

CAIRO (AFP) Sunni Islam’s highest authority has approved a woman’s right
to fight back if her husband uses violence against her, Egypt’s Al Masry Al
Youm newspaper reported on Monday.

The declaration by Sheikh Abdul Hamid Al
Atrash, who heads Al Azhar University’s committee for fatwas or religious
rulings, comes after similar rulings by religious leaders in Saudi Arabia
and Turkey. “A wife has the legitimate right to hit her husband in order to
defend herself,”
Atrash was quoted as saying. “Everyone has the right to
defend themselves, whether they are a man or a woman… because all human
beings are equal before God,”
he said. Over the last few days, Saudi Sheikh
Abdul Mohsen Al Abyakan stressed the fact that a wife should resort to “the
same kind of violence” as her husband used against her, whether it be with a
leather strap or a wire cable, the paper said. Turkish Sheikh Fathallah
Julun went one step further and ruled that a woman should return the
violence with interest. “She should give back two blows for each one
received,”
the paper quoted him as saying.

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