Saudi judge: how to beat your wife correctly


Andrew Bolt

Saudi seminars on domestic violence should be more “don’t do” and less “how to”:

A Saudi judge has told a seminar on domestic violence that it is OK for a man to slap his wife for lavish spending

Jihad Watch offers context:

Saudi judge misunderstands Qur’an, says it’s ok to slap wife

wives51The Qur’an (4:34) tells men to beat their disobedient wives after first warning them and then sending them to sleep in separate beds. This is, of course, an extremely controversial verse, and many Islamic spokesmen and others in the West deny that it has anything to do with wife-beating, so it is worth noting how several translators render the key word here, وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ, waidriboohunna.

Pickthall: “and scourge them”
Yusuf Ali: “(And last) beat them (lightly)”
Al-Hilali/Khan: “(and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful)”
Shakir: “and beat them”
Sher Ali: “and chastise them”
Khalifa: “then you may (as a last alternative) beat them”
Arberry: “and beat them”
Rodwell: “and scourge them”
Sale: “and chastise them”
Asad: “then beat them”

Laleh Bakhtiar, in a new translation that has received wide publicity, translates it as “go away from them.” However, in light of this unanimity among the translators, both Muslim and non-Muslim, this seems difficult to sustain – all of these authorities got the passage wrong until Bakhtiar? But her impulse is understandable, as many Muslims today regard this verse with acute embarrassment. Muhammad Asad adduces numerous traditions in which Muhammad “forbade the beating of any woman,” concluding that wife-beating is “barely permissible, and should preferably be avoided.”

  • Now watch for Islamo- trolls telling us we got it all wrong and that domestic violence is much worse in our countries…

Unfortunately, however, this is not a unanimous view. Sheikh Syed Mahmud Allusi in his Qur’an commentary 
Ruhul Ma’ani gives four reasons that a man may beat his wife: “if she refuses to beautify herself for him,” if she refuses sex when he asks for it, if she refuses to pray or perform ritual ablutions, and “if she goes out of the house without a valid excuse.” Also, Muhammad’s example is normative for Muslims, since he is an “excellent example of conduct” (Qur’an 33:21) – and Aisha reports that Muhammad struck her. Once he went out at night after he thought she was asleep, and she followed him surreptitiously. Muhammad saw her, and, as Aisha recounts: “He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?”

So this Saudi judge — is he really Misunderstanding Islam? And whether he is or isn’t, what are Muslim leaders who are reputed to be moderate going to do about it? Will we hear Honest Ibe Hooper rebuking this judge and telling him Muslims may beat their wives only with a toothbrush, as the common apologetic line has it? Well, Ibe?

“Saudi judge says OK to slap wife: report,” from AFP, May 10 (thanks to Religion of Peace):

RIYADH (AFP) – A Saudi judge has told a seminar on domestic violence that it is okay for a man to slap his wife for lavish spending, a local newspaper reported on Sunday.Jeddah judge Hamad al-Razine gave the example of overspending to buy a high-end abaya, the head-to toe black shroud Saudi women have to wear in public, as justifying a smack for one’s wife, Arab News said.

“If a person gives 1,200 riyals (320 dollars) to his wife and she spends 900 riyals (240 dollars) to purchase an abaya from a brand shop, and if her husband slaps her on the face as a reaction to her action, she deserves that punishment,” he said….

But Razine said some of the blame must be shouldered by wives for their behaviour. “Nobody puts even a fraction of the blame on them,” he said, according to the report.


Yes, and of course they should be blamed! After all, how can Muslim men be blamed for simply following the commands of the Qur’an?!

One thought on “Saudi judge: how to beat your wife correctly”

  1. Still waiting for a gay apologists and feminists to explain why a RELIGION needs to have a whole chapter DESCRIBING just HOW and why to beat your wife.

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