Sheikh who said husbands have a ‘right to sex with their wives’ NOW signs open letter from Muslims condemning viral video promoting domestic violence
Damage control. Religiously mandated lying to protect the religion (taqiyya). We Should not allow them to get away with it.
- Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman added his name to a statement condemning violence
- Australian National Imams Council president once said husbands ‘needed sex’
- In a speech last year, the sheikh said angels would curse wives who refused sex
- Australian Muslim Collaborative group he is part of slammed domestic violence
- The video they slammed demonstrated how to hit women with a ‘sivaak’ stick
controversial sheikh who condemned a video by an Islamist extremist group justifying domestic violence had himself argued husbands had a right to sex with their wives.
Sheikh Shady Alsuleiman, president of the Australian National Imams Council, is the first name on a list of 34 prominent Muslims who slammed a Hizb ut-Tahrir video featuring two women making the case for domestic violence.
However, last year he delivered a sermon at Lakemba, in Sydney’s southwest, arguing men reportedly had ‘authority’ over their wives.
He has since denied arguing men had a right to demand sex with their spouses.
Sheikh Shady said husbands needed sex from their wives.
‘When a husband calls his wife to bed and if she rejects him, the angels will continue to curse her until morning,’ he told his followers in a speech cited by The Weekend Australian.
‘A husband has rights to fulfill his sexual desires from his wife; a man has that right.’
However, he has clarified his comments in a Facebook post, arguing he had never said men had the right to ‘demand sex’.
‘I clearly mentioned that Islamically both husband and wife have the right to fulfill their sexual desires with one another,’ he said.
‘I do not condone any form of compulsion or force upon anyone.’
Last week, he was the first name on a list of Muslim leaders condemning a Hizb ut-Tahrir video of two women justifying domestic violence.
He was one of 34 prominent Muslims who collectively said: ‘Australian men and women, unequivocally, reject suggestions that there are religious justifications for any form of violence against women.
‘There is absolutely no justification for men to demean, threaten or abuse women, whether symbolically or otherwise.’
This is the same Sheikh Shady who previously described AIDS as a divine punishment for homosexuals.
His inflammatory comments came to light last year after he was invited to an Iftar dinner at Sydney’s Kirribilli House with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The sheikh had shared some of his extreme views in a video posted online in April 2013, where he said if homosexuality was out in the open ‘amongst a tribe… Allah will send on them diseases they have never experienced before’.
‘What’s the most common diseases these days, HIV, AIDS, that’s so common, and there’s no cure to it,’ he said.
‘When did it exist? Just decades ago. And more diseases are coming… homosexuality is spreading all these diseases.’
Last week, Muslim broadcaster Waleed Aly and his Muslim-convert wife Susan Carland were on the same list as Sheikh Shady condemning the Hizb ut-Tahrir video.
Aly used his appearance on The Project to condemn any justification for domestic violence.
‘It is infuriating. It is also infuriating that those views still exist within the Muslim community,’ Aly said.
The Project co-host also went on to label the creators of the video ‘jerks.’
In the provocative video, the women’s branch of a radical Hizb ut-Tahrir suggested that Muslim men were allowed to hit their wives if they disobeyed them, describing domestic violence as a ‘beautiful blessing.’
The Minister for Women, Michaelia Cash was quick to attack the video.
‘I am absolutely abhorred that women out there are saying that it is alright for a man to hit a woman,’ Senator Cash said.
‘It is not alright to hit a woman in Australia.’
Today show presenter Ben Fordham also slammed the video on Thursday saying it’s ‘never OK to hit your wife.’
Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Facebook video featured Sydney primary school teacher Reem Allouche saying men were permitted to hit women with sticks.
During the 30-minute discussion at a meeting in Sydney‘s west, Ms Allouche and fellow panellist Atika Latifi – who are both wearing headscarves – describe how beating women is a ‘symbolic act’.
At one point, they even demonstrated how to use a small stick called a ‘sivaak’ to hit ‘disobedient’ women.
She then uses one of the sticks to hit Ms Latifi while the pair laugh.
Ms Allouche says the act is ‘symbolic’, while Ms Latifi claims it’s ‘a beautiful blessing’.
The women agree that they should only be beaten if they are caught ‘committing sin’ – pointing out that this means seriously disrespecting Allah or their husbands.
Ms Allouche smiles as she adds that does not mean a man can beat his wife simply for not cooking dinner, with the women agreeing that violence should only be used to ‘promote tranquility’.
The pair agree that men have the right to beat their wives because husbands take a ‘leadership’ position within the family.
‘It goes hand in hand that he would have the right to undertake disciplinary measures,’ Ms Allouche says.
Ms Latifi adds: ‘He is permitted – not obliged, not encouraged – but permitted, to hit her. That is what everyone is talking about. It should not cause pain. Not harsh.’
During the debate, Ms Allouche says wives who disobey Muslim teachings could face a beating from their husband, but only because ‘he loves his wife, he fears for his wife’.
‘He’s not responding through anger or frustration or rage. He’s responding in obedience to Allah’s commands, in a measured and staged way, because we know when people talk about violence against women, often it happens in the heat of the moment, in anger, in frustration and what-not, whereas here, it’s managed.’
Ms Latifi claims violence should be a last resort for husbands, saying they should admonish them first.
Finally, if that does not work, he ‘is permitted to hit her’.
‘And what a beautiful blessing, that he said not to take the steps at the one time, but one after the other,’ she said.
Australian Federation of Islamic Councils president Keysar Trad had earlier apologised for this year saying husbands could hit their wives as ‘last resort’, admitting to Sky News presenter Andrew Bolt that he had made a ‘slip up’.
Muslim men have right to demand sex from wives: sheik, by Rick Morton.
Sheik Shady Alsuleiman, the lead signatory on a Muslim community letter condemning “all forms of intimidation and abuse targeting women”, has preached men have the right to demand sex from their wives and to control them when they leave the house. …
What women cannot do, he says, is bring anyone — not even their own mother or father — into their husband’s house without his permission.
Nor can they leave it without consent.
Islam has an unchanging and unyielding culture from 7th century Arabia, and threatens to demographically take over the West. While many Muslims choose not to be fundamentalist, the fundamentalist core of Islam has never changed in 1,400 years — and keeps reasserting itself.