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Saudi Cleric Explains Wife-beating in Islam to Young Muslims


From a special Ramadan TV show, as translated yesterday by MEMRI:

Sheikh Muhammad Al-’Arifi: “If neither [admonishing nor refusing to share your bed] works with her, what is the third option?”

Guest: “Beat them.”

Al-’Arifi: “That’s right. How is this beating performed? What do you think?”

Guest: “Light beatings.”

Al-’Arifi: “Light beatings in what way?”

Guest:” For example, I wouldn’t beat her in the face…”

Al-’Arifi: “…If you beat her with a toothpick, or if you beat her lightly with your hand, and so on, it is meant to convey: ‘Woman, it has gone too far. I can’t bear it anymore.’ If he beats her, the beatings must be light and must not make her face ugly. He must beat her where it will not leave marks…”

You can view this clip here, and others views on wife-beating in the Middle East here.


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