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Monday, May 14, 2007
MEMRITV": Saudi Family Expert Explains Wife Beating in Islam

*Clip # 1447 - Saudi Expert on Family Affairs Dr. Ghazi Al-Shimari Explains
Wife Beating in Islam and States: If a Wife Licks Pus and Blood Coming Out
of Her Husband's Nose - She Still Would Not Have Observed All His Rights

The following are excerpts from an interview with Dr. Ghazi Al-Shimari, a
Saudi expert on family affairs, which aired on Iqra TV on May 9, 2007.

Ghazi Al-Shimari: Yes. According to a hadith, Umm Zar' said to 'Aisha: "My
husband is the epitome of stupidity and impotence. He is afflicted with
every possible defect. Either he wounds me, or breaks my bones, or both."
This poor woman said that her husband was a stupid idiot, and that on top of
that, he didn't even know how to have sex. But "when he talks to me, he
wounds me, breaks my [bones], or both."

Interviewer: Someone like that reads the verse as "bite them," instead of
"admonish them."

Ghazi Al-Shimari: Nice. So when some people understood the beatings this
way, the women of the Quraysh tribe went to the Prophet to complain. They
said: "Oh, Prophet of Allah, the men have begun beating us." So the Prophet
decided: "Don't beat the women who serve Allah." Then Omar came and said:
"Oh Prophet of Allah, the women have become insolent. We cannot take it
anymore. You said not to beat women who serve Allah, so what should we do
with them?" So the Prophet approved [beatings], but said that those who beat
"are not the best among you."

[...]

The Prophet said: "If I were to order anybody to bow before anyone, I would
order the wife to bow before her husband." The husband's rights are very
great. Therefore, according to a reliable Hadith, a woman said: "Oh Prophet
of Allah, I will not marry before you tell me what my husband's rights from
me are." The Prophet said: "Do you really want to know?" She said: "Yes." He
said: "If pus or blood comes out of your husband's nose and you lick is up,
you still will not have observed all his rights." The rights of the husband
are great, and you must observe them.

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