In this video it is explained when and how a Muslim man should beat his wife. And it's not just any imam who here interprets the scriptures. It is none other than Hassan Al-Laham, the mufti of Gaza.
A mufti is the supreme religious leader of a country, who issues fatwas and advises on policy decisions.
The Mufti's starting point is the general view within Islam: A man should beat his wife in certain situations.
Allah has prescribed a specific procedure for how a man should deal with marital strife, he says.
Warn her first of all, he says, if the wife is not obedient as she should. Then separate from her, eg. keep her away from her bed (!). It that doesn't help, beat her.
This is sadly the general interpretation of Islam.
"She became your wife, and she is under your control".
But the Mufti has some requirements:
A man can not just beat up his wife. The Mufti makes it clear that he should do so in a way that will not get the police to come, or break her bones, or make her bleed.
After all, "she was not bought as a slave, nor bought at the market".
It is also important not to hit her in a way that makes her ugly. This means first and foremost that he should not smash her face in. Swelling and bruises in the face are not OK.
The mufti says allowable strokes can be compared with the painful strokes of a small brush, and he ends up with that the beating should be for fun. "Jokingly".
Yeah, it's all fun and laughter.
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