Canada: Muslim Book Sanctions Wife-Beating

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A book discovered in a Toronto Islamic bookstore is causing an Internet uproar: A Gift for the Muslim Couple by the Islamic scholar Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi advises Muslim men that “it might be necessary to restrain” their wives “with strength or even to threaten” them. It says that a Muslim wife is forbidden to leave her husband’s house “without his permission,” and that she has a responsibility to “fulfil his desires.” If she disobeys, he may “beat [her] by hand or stick” or “pull (her) by the ears,” but should “refrain from beating her excessively.” The only surprising thing about all this is that this book surprises anyone.

Nonetheless, the uproar is understandable, since so many Muslim authorities assure us that there is no sanction for wife-beating in Islam. “There is no basis in Islamic theology to support domestic abuse of any kind,” declared Qanta A. Ahmed, author of In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom, in May 2009. However, the Qur’an tells men to beat their disobedient wives after first warning them and then sending them to sleep in separate beds – a punishment that suggests that the Koran regards women as sexually insatiable and needing to be kept under control (4:34). This is, of course, an extremely controversial verse, so it is worth noting how several translators render the key word here, 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”

Dawood: “and beat them”

This would not even be a point of controversy were it not for the fact that Muslim feminist Laleh Bakhtiar, in a new translation that has received wide publicity, translates it as “go away from them.” In light of this unanimity among the translators, both Muslim and non-Muslim, this seems difficult to sustain – it is hard to believe that all of these authorities on Qur’anic Arabic, spanning several centuries, got the passage wrong until Bakhtiar.

Still, her impulse to mitigate the brute force of this verse is understandable, as many Muslims today regard this verse with acute embarrassment. The convert from Judaism and Islamic scholar Mohammed 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.”

Unfortunately, however, this is not a unanimous view. Sheikh Syed Mahmud Allusi in his Qur’anic 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.”

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  • UCSPanther

    Sounds like it has the makings of a best seller – in the medieval times.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Say, 8th century time period?

  • Bamaguje

    The toothbrush spin is blatant Taqiyya.
    If a Muslim wife doesn't heed to her husband's scolding as the clerics advise, what good would tapping her with a toothbrush do?
    Chances are the toothbrush Hadith is fake, as I'm not aware 7th century Arabs used toothbrush.

    • suburbanbanshee

      A lot of different cultures cleaned their teeth with twigs, or chewed on spicy sticks to get good breath as well as cleaning. Some of these tooth-cleaning sticks are a fairly good size, even if they are sharpened down to a small point for cleaning.

      And of course, if they were using even a small whippy stick for beating on someone, it could be very painful and do a lot of damage, depending on how you went about it.

  • kafir4life

    Didn't they find an autographed copy in the home of Shaima Alawadi with a bookmark in the "activities" section?

  • Schlomotion

    I like that this stupid book was found, and the article runs a picture of "Islamic Books and Souvenirs" like it is a bodega of evil. In 1995, when Rabbi Meir Kahane's organization, the Jewish Defense League teamed up with the FBI to assassinate Louis Farrakhan, they hired JDL member Michael Fitzpatrick to set up the hit. Michael Fitzpatrick was a gold thief and cocaine dealer who set set up the bombing of the Egyptian Tourist Office in Manhattan and then betrayed Victor Vancier, who was a serial terrorist bomber who blew up several Egyptian targets in the US. Fitzpatrick was himself a terrorist bomber, who at age 18 was caught trying to blow up a Russian bookstore in New York.

    The theory is that Muslim, and Russian, but not Judaica, bookstores are infoshops where terrorists gather in the off hours to peruse the evil literature therein, seethe in their own hatred, and make nefarious plans of subversive foreign nationalism. Robert Spencer is not advocating bombing Islamic Books and Souvenirs in Canada. He has enumerated detailed other ways to deal with it such as… no, wait… it must be forthcoming.

    • Zionista

      stay on topic dummy – the article is one more example about sharia – islamic law – creeping into Canadian and American society and a jerk like you goes off in all different directions – no wait, you're probably facing just one direction – mecca.

      • Schlomotion

        The article seemed to me to be a call for book burning and bookstore bombing. The author took issue with a store's right to sell a distasteful book. Since all of that is legal, the only possible recourse to it must be illegal.

        • Zionista

          you've picked a good name for yourself – you certainly are schlo as in a slow mind. Nobody has called for bombing this pigsty of a 'bookstore'. That's just you schlo boy projecting.

          • Schlomotion

            I just hope nobody gets hurt. Apparently Mr. Spencer was already lurking around on Gerrard Street in Toronto, prowled through the store and found this book, or had one of his minions do the same, or plagiarized the Edmonton Sun, and then photographed the building, so the place is already cased for future activity. Who knows what the future activity is. The owner Shamim Ahmad has already been humiliated and had to get a lawyer, and yet the stories keep being reprinted.

    • tagalog

      "Bodega of evil," good one!

    • aspacia

      Schlomotion,

      Read the Torah and Talmud for the facts about Judaism.

      Remember, there are few terrorists in most faiths, thousands in Islam. Too bad the racist inciter to violence Farrakkhan was not eliminated.

  • Steve

    Hey! I like the cover, nice and pink. But I guess the old adage applies: Never judge a book by its cover. Ah those ingenious Muslims. They can put a nice ribbon on any item of crap. Too bad not enough kuffars realize that fact.

  • muchiboy

    When we find fault with Islam,we must not be so ignorant nor arrogant to think that our own set of religious beliefs,i.e.Judaism,Christianity, are without fault.Certainly,our lives have kept pace,more or less,with modernity.We are still Jewish or Christian while holding to a code of Universal Human Rights.That the Islamic world,or much of it,has yet to functionally adapt to modernity (e.g.human rights,women rights),there is an ongoing struggle within Islam to embrace these important aspects of modernity.We need to support these views,and the struggles of Arab nations,in the hope that the enlightened ideas of Democracy and Universal Human Rights will take hold.Again,I believe that our unwavering and uncritical support for Zionist Israel is a barrier to western influence.The West,in attempting to correct a legacy of moral wrongs (mostly Western wrongs),to the Diaspora,including the Holocaust,have abandoned the Palestinian people to a sequallae of moral wrongs by the Jewish people in turn e.g.occupation,ethnic cleansing,and other human rights abuses.To expect the Arab world to follow our behavior in respect of human rights,we must look back at correcting our own mistakes against the very same peoples i.e.the Palestinian people.muchiboy

    • Zionista

      you mean, the invented people who believe in honor killings, murdering gays, female genital mutilation, wife beating, persecution of Jews and Christians, and a list of terrorism that spans decades

      • muchiboy

        Yes,that's mostly who I mean,Zionista.I didn't say it wouldn't be a challenge.muchiboy

    • randy

      And the abuses of native americans as the christians stole thier land

      • Zionista

        you're a boring one note nerd – get a life

    • Ted G

      I must admit muchiboy, you've recently taken a new direction. However it still includes the same canards and misdirection as the old one.
      The only thing the Muslims currently occupying Judea and Sumaria have really been victims of is Islam and its corrupt and barbaric leaders.
      I must also say that I see very little of this "ongoing struggle within islam to embrace modernity" you mentioned. Of course its hard when anyone that even tries to question islams supremacy is usually murdered or chased out.
      You create quite a contradiction here when you claim to support human rights by slyly and dishonestly opposing the only country in that part of the world that actually enforces them.

      • muchiboy

        Firstly,when so many good,decent,(Jewish,even),intelligent,educated ,rational and responsible people have similar,often independent,anti Zionist opinions,you can't dismiss these opinions so readily,Ted G.
        For the most part,I agree Israel is a decent country,and I would rather live there than in any Muslim state,at least for my families sake.But that does not excuse the horrific history of occupation and the unconscionable ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people by the Jewish people,Ted G.We can say a lot of good things about Jews and Israel,Ted,but the occupation of Palestine by the Diaspora and the de facto ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people are not two of them.They are ,in a word,unconscionable.muchiboy

        • Ted G

          "But that does not excuse the horrific history of militant subjugation, oppression and forced conversions by the sword and the unconscionable ethnic cleansing of all non-muslim people by the islamic ummah."

          There I fixed that for you!

          I know its kind of a cheap and snarky response but you really deserve it. And here is another one that needed correction.

          We can say very few good things about islam and the ummah, Muchiboy, but the ongoing ethnic cleansing of non-muslims where ever islam holds power anywhere in the world and the consistent lies and revisionist history that comes from their so called leaders are not some of them.They are ,in a word,unconscionable.

          You seem to really want to convince people, but your premise is just wrong, you can't change the facts on the ground nor the historical facts.

    • aspacia

      muchless, no one gives a rat's @$$ what a dolt like you thinks. You lack logic and rhetorical skills. Now go to your room for a time-out and suck your pacifier.

      • WilliamJamesWard

        You are so light on him, it should be "back in the corner with your dunce cap"……now that's better.
        William

  • DogsHateRomney

    Islam is not a "religion of peace" despite desperate insistence by President Barack HOODIE Obama (D).

    Muslims, by belief and practice, are the most blatant violators of human rights.

    ~ Whirrled Peas with Couscous?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Surah 9:5

      Peace is the last thing on their list of things to do for the day.

      • DogsHateRomney

        Thanks Roger. (btw I am not dinging you)

        In addition, the term "Palestinian" itself had referred to Israeli Jews back in the 1940s, and had been slowly deconstructed and redefined to refer to the Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza.

        The Arab assaults and aggressions against Israel in 1948, 1956, 1967, 1968, and 1973 had nothing to do with Palestinians.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          It's shielajacksonleehero in his many profiles.

          He has nothing to offer than insults and name calling, so the td is just one of his most potent tools.

  • DogsHateRomney

    The spread of sharia law to the entire world is part of their jihad.

    Canada's Little Mosque on the Prairie

    …In Canada and Britain, sharia jihad is advancing.

    Sharia law is antithetical to freedom and equality.

    Note: Oklahoma is leading the way and has already established a firewall against sharia law. The evidence continues to mount that the Islamists will keep chipping away if we do not push back, and push back hard!

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Florida has been fighting this, it's going on all over. And for Christie to appoint muslim justices is horrifying.

  • http://www.jeff-goodall.com Jeff Goodall

    For “Taqqiya” to be practised there must be an element of “threat, persecution, or compulsion”, and the threat here is quite clearly that the majority-Christian host country, Canada, regards wife-beating as illegal, and Canadians have no liking or sympathy for those who assault their wives in order to exercise control over them. Thus the realities of the Muslim religion must be concealed from us until such time as their numbers enable Muslims to practice their religion openly and without fear of negative consequences.
    And if Muslims ever manage to achieve that, then the rest of us will be in imminent danger of “dhimmitude”, which is described as “an attitude of concession, surrender and appeasement towards Islamic demands". The Arabic language adjective dhimmi literally means "protected" and refers to "a non-Muslim subject of a Sharia law state”.
    There are many things about the Muslim religion that I dislike, and the willingness of its adherents to lie and deceive in order to spread Islam and conquer the "unbelievers" is one of them.
    See "Sharia, wife-beating, and Taqiyya" here: http://www.jeff-goodall.com/?p=7645

  • muchiboy

    It might be time to dig a little deeper into the beliefs of certain ethnics,sects,religions,organizations and countries we offer immigrant status and citizenship.We should make it crystal clear that those who hold certain archaic and unacceptible beliefs should turn around and go back home.Fathers,uncles and older brothers should be challenged on these beliefs.Those with Antisemetic beliefs (not anti Zionist beliefs),those not accepting our Human Rights legislation,those not intent on leaving barbaric beliefs behind,should be denied entry to Canada.The women can stay.muchiboy

    • WilliamJamesWard

      So generous of you Moochie……………………………….William

  • Ghostwriter

    Then,you'll be kicked out of Canada,muchiboy,seeing as your unbelievable hatred for Jews and Israelis would make you persona non grata to our good neighbor to the north.

    • aspacia

      I would like to see muchless banned from this site because he offers nothing of value.

      • muchiboy

        "I would like to see muchless banned from this site because he offers nothing of value. "

        Good one,aspacia.muchmoreorless

  • muchiboy

    "muchless, no one gives a rat's @$$ what a dolt like you thinks. You lack logic and rhetorical skills. Now go to your room for a time-out and suck your pacifier. "

    OK,sis. muchiboy

  • WilliamJamesWard

    When the face of Islam is put on the cover of most magazines in America with the woman disfigured
    beyond belief I would have to assertain that there is a large gap between the propaganda and the
    vile, rotten and absolutely inhuman conduct of Muslim men towards Muslim women who are consdiered
    slaves and mere property. What Muslims consider just conduct is a felony in every American State
    and all civilised Nations. Women are to be treated with respect and decency, not demeaned or
    abused in any way, those men that abuse are not men but abhorrent beasts……………………..William

  • Tim N

    Some years ago I found this column in the Arab News (Nothing like hearing it from the horse's mouth)
    http://www.arabnews.com/?page=13&section=0&am

    While spousal abuse occurs in the West, I don't think you'll find too many actual newspaper columns outright justifying it. And this is in their English language edition!
    What's really amusing is the whine at the end-
    "If beating disobedient wives was advocated by Western scientists, it would have been widely supported by the same people who criticize Islam and special centers would have been set up all over the world to train husbands on how to beat their wives."
    But Western scientists don't justiffy it Mr. Ghada Al Hori, do they?
    And we do have centers for husbands who beat their wives- they're called jails.
    Amazing they still have to pout about the West somehow.

    if Wetern scientists

  • Saltire

    Wow, a new best seller to Muslim men. And, Obama just talked about getting advice about his daughters from Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan. Some things just make you want to go, …..hmmm.

  • kalaparthy

    Among many other crimes across the world, the following URL would suggest the nasty and forceful conversions by Islam in Pakistan and other parts of the world. Click on:
    http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/forced-conversi

    Islam is inherently evil, [Quran and the life of Mohammed] what is there for them to offer to the world, except hatred and destruction? Look to the person of Jesus Christ and be Radiant.

  • Dispozadaburka

    CAIR provides muslim sensitivity training to police.

    If a muslim woman calls police because her husband is beating her,
    the police must not touch the man or arrest him.
    They must instead call the local Imam and make sure that the husband is beating her "properly."
    How's that for progress?

  • Amused

    According to Yahoo News, Wisconsin Rep. Don Pridemore helpfully suggests that, rather than divorcing an abusive spouse, you should try to remember the things you love about the guy while he is beating you up.
    In Wisconsin — yes, the same state where lawmakers have introduced a bill penalizing single mothers for being unmarried — a Republican state representative has come out against divorce for any reason — even domestic abuse. Instead of leaving an abusive situation, women should try to remember the things they love about their husbands, Representative Don Pridemore said. "If they can re-find those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help," he told a local news station.
    Pridemore — who, coincidentally, is a co-sponsor of Republican state Senator Glenn Grothman's "being single causes child abuse" bill as well as a controversial voter ID bill that was ruled unconstitutional earlier this week.
    Grothman now asserts that not only is single parenthood a factor in child abuse, women in particular are to blame for it.

  • Amused

    Basically, if you are female, Mr. Grothman and Mr. Pridemore feel you are worthless once you leave the delivery room. According to Yahoo, "while [Pridemore] thinks women are capable of caring for a family "in certain situations," fathers are the only ones who provide structure and discipline. If they don't grow up with married biological parents, Pridemore says, "kids tend to go astray."

    LOOKS LIKE "MUSLIM BOOKS " AINT GOT NOTHIN' ON REP. WISCONSIN LAWMAKERS HUH ?

    • Amused

      no comments eh ? didn't think so .

  • healer

    Moder nhttp://moderntribalist.blogspot.ca/2005/09/spain-islamic-guide-on-how-to-beat.html Tribalist
    "We a rhttp://tinyurl.com/cbbwbyse the only country in history that ever deliberately changed its ethnic makeup, and history has few examples of 'diversity' creating a stable society." – Richard Lamm, former governor of Colorado

    Thursday, September 29, 2005

    Spain: Islamic guide on how to beat your wife

    Isambard Wilkinson:

    An imam who wrote a book on how to beat your wife without leaving marks on her body has been ordered by a judge in Spain to study the country's constitution.
    The judge told Mohamed Kamal Mustafa, imam of a mosque in the southern resort of Fuengirola, to spend six months studying three articles of the constitution and the universal declaration of human rights.
    Mr. Mustafa was sentenced to 15 months in jail and fined about $2,600 last year after being found guilty of inciting violence against women.
    A judge released him after 22 days in jail on the condition that he undertake a re-education course.
    The Spanish government has set up a commission to find ways for the Muslim community to regulate itself. A central recommendation is that imams speak Spanish and have a basic knowledge of human rights and Spanish law.
    In his book "Women in Islam," published four years ago, Mr. Mustafa wrote that verbal warnings followed by a period of sexual inactivity could be used to discipline a disobedient wife.
    If that failed, he argued that, according to Islamic law, beatings could be judiciously administered.
    "The blows should be concentrated on the hands and feet using a rod that is thin and light so that it does not leave scars or bruises on the body," he wrote.
    Mr. Mustafa's lessons, which he must pay for, will be taught by teachers from Malaga University.
    According to La Vanguardia newspaper, he will have to study articles 10, 14 and 15 of the constitution. The first two address "the dignity of a person and inviolable rights" and states "all Spaniards are equal before the law."
    The third one states "the moral and physical integrity of a person in no case can be submitted to torture nor inhuman or degrading punishments or treatment."
    Preacher jailed for 'wife-beating manual'
    Imam rapped for wife-beating book
    Anti-dhimmitude in Spain: Muslim author of book advocating wife-beating jailed
    Europe Resisting Islam's Dark Ages

  • Amused

    need some of that "anti-dhimmitude " in Wisconsin , for the christian wife-beaters .

  • Amused

    BTW …KUDOS to those Spaniards….it's a great FIRST STEP .

  • zebadu

    I brought the book to local political libiral office befor the media. They gave me negative attitude and questioned my motives. Of course they did nothing. Only after the story broke did they condem the book. I thought political leaders lead..