Is domestic violence permitted in Islam?

How can a "religion of peace" advocate "beating one's wife in order to maintain discipline?"


CHARLOTTE, NC, August 30, 2016 – How can a “religion of peace” advocate “beating one’s wife in order to maintain discipline?”

Sheikh Muhammed Ould Dedew, an Islamic scholar from Mauritania, created a YouTube video in June of this year about just that subject.

Yet defenders of Islam still say it is a religion of peace.

“If one of the family members violates the word of Allah,” states Ould Dedew in the video, “the husband becomes an accomplice to the sin if he does not prevent it or discipline the violating party.”

Lest you think that Ould Dedew is an insignificant voice in Mauritania, the Jamestown Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based institute founded in 1984 to support Soviet defectors, writes that “(Ould Dedew) has gained prominence by his daring challenge and criticism of the (Mauritania) regime and his fatwas denouncing relations with Israel and consumption of American goods. Both Ould Dedew and Mohamed Abdellahi call for the restoration of the Shari’ah and encourage jihad against the West to free all Muslim land under foreign occupation. They preach a culture of intolerance that suppresses all discourses of dissent.”

The sheikh’s words are verified by both the Koran and the Hadith. In Arabic hadith means “report”, “account” or “narrative.” In Islam, the Hadith are second only to the Koran for defining Islamic law.

Hadith literature was compiled during the 8th and 9th centuries and it basically represents oral reports of deeds carried out by the Prophet Muhammad during his lifetime.

With that background in mind, here is what the Koran and Hadith have to say about the concept of discipline between a Muslim man and his wife.

Koran Surah (4:34) – “Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them, forsake them in beds apart, and beat them. (emphasis added) Then if they obey you, take no further action.”

Sahih Muslim (4:2127) – Muhammad struck his favorite wife, Aisha, in the chest one evening when she left the house without his permission. Aisha narrates, “He struck me on the chest which caused me pain.”

Sahih Bukhari (72:715) – “Aisha said, ‘I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women'”

Sahih Muslim (9:3506) – Muhammad’s fathers-in-law (Abu Bakr and Umar) amused him by slapping his wives (Aisha and Hafsa) for annoying him. According to the Hadith, the prophet of Islam laughed upon hearing this.

If these words and deeds of the Prophet Muhammad himself are not bewildering, as well as maddening, consider some of the opinions of contemporary Islamic authorities whose thoughts are so incomprehensible they would be laughable were they not deadly serious.

The prominent Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi is an Egyptian Islamic theologian who has published over 120 books and received eight international awards for his contributions to Islamic scholarship.

In an interview with The Guardian, a daily national British newspaper, al-Qaradawi said. “It is forbidden to beat the woman, unless it is necessary. One may beat only to safeguard Islamic behavior. A husband may beat his wife ‘lightly with his hands, avoiding her face and other sensitive areas.’”

Apparently the operative word is “lightly” as evidenced by the words of Dr. Ahmad Muhammad Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, head of Sunni Islam’s most prestigious university, Al-Azhar in Cairo, Egypt. Al-Tayyeb believes that “light beatings and punching” are acceptable when used to “reform the wife.”

The former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Dr. Musammil Saddiqi has similar thoughts when he states that a wife must “recognize the authority of her husband in the house.”

Saddiqi adds, however, that the husband may only use physical force if he is “sure it would improve the situation.”

These are but a few of numerous examples from noted Islamic scholars who share similar points of view.

As the mainstream media constantly tells us, “not ALL Muslims are terrorists.” The same is true when it comes to domestic violence in Islamic households — not ALL Muslim husbands are wife-beaters.

The point is that whether or not Muslim husbands abuse their wives, the religion itself allows them to.

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Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.

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