The Qur’an Commands Men To Beat Women
While Sikhism says women are equal and shows throughout history women have stood up themselves against injustices,
we see that the Qur’an plainly and disgracefully commands men to beat their women
as soon as they show any sign of disobedience to man’s authority and orders.
It states in Chapter 4:34:
"As for these from women, fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to
beds apart and scourge them."
Without any exception, all the Qur’anic expositors agree upon the meaning of
this verse because it is so obvious. In their famous commentary, page 69,
the Jalalan said:
"Those of you who are afraid of their disobedience which symptoms become
evident to you, threaten them with the fear of God and banish them to beds
apart and scourge them."
The Zamakhshari reiterates the same opinion (al-Kash-Shaf Vol. 1, p. 524).
Both Imam Baydawi (p. 111), and Al-Tobari (p.92) repeat the same explanation.
If we also search Ahkamal-Qur’an (the Ordinances of the Qur’an) by the Imam
Shafi’i (Vol. 1, p.211), we read:
"In case of a husband’s ill-treatment [of his spouse], the Qur’an permits
reconciliation of the spouses and arbitration, but in the case of the wife
it allows scourging her."
At the inception of Islam, we come across a very famous incident which all the
Muslim chroniclers record (refer to Imam al-Nawawi: Riyad al-Salihin, "The
Orchards of Righteous Men", p. 107-108),
"Umar Ibn al-Khattab came to Muhammad saying, ‘Women have dared to disobey
husbands.’ He allowed their husbands to scourge them. Many women approached
Muhammad complaining against their husbands because Muhammad received a
verse for the Qur’an which commands their husbands to scourge them."
In the Kash-shaf (the revealer) of al-Zamakhshari (Vol. 1, p. 525), we read
"On the authority of Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him),
he said: ‘Hang up your scourge in a place where your wife (or wives) can
Also, on the authority of Asmaa the daughter of Abu Bakr El Sedik:
"I was the fourth wife (among four) of al-Zabayr Ibn al-Awwam. Whenever he
became angry at one of us he struck us with a hook rod until it was broken."
This hemistich was composed by al-Zabayr:
"If it were not for her children, I would have hit her."
The command to scourge women is repeated in Sahih al-Bukhari, "The Sound
Tradition of al-Bukhari" (Vol. 7, p. 100). Ponder for a moment over Muhammad’s
order to the husband: "Hang up your scourge where your wife can see it." This
is intimidation and threat, as if a husband were telling his wife: "Beware
of disobedience, for this is the scourge which is ready to fall upon you!"
There is no security or love in Muhammad’s words or in the deeds of al-Zobayer
Ibn al-Awwam, who was a relative of Muhammad, one of his companions, and one of
those models whom every Muslim imitates and vies with all over the world. He was
one of the ten whom Muhammad assured of paradise and one of the six whom Umar
recommended for the Caliphate. This man used to scourge his wife until the wooden
hook was broken, as Asmaa (the daughter of Abu Bakr El Sedik who was one of his
four wives) tells us. Is there greater wife abuse than that?
All contemporary scholars attest to this fact which is obvious in the Qur’an.
In the book, "You Ask and Islam Answers" (p. 94 for example), Abdul–latif
"If admonishing and sexual desertion fail to bring forth results and the
woman is of a cold and stubborn type, the Qur’an bestows on man the right
to straighten her out by way of punishment and beating provided he does not
break her bones nor shed blood. Many a wife belongs to this querulous type
and requires this sort of punishment to bring her to her senses!"
In his book, "The Individual Guarantee In the Islamic Law" (p. 63), Ahmad Ahmad,
a professor at the college of Law at the University of Qatar, denotes the
following under the title of "Family Problems’ Solution",
"If a woman is afraid that her husband may turn away from her or detest her,
she will hasten to bring understanding and reconciliation. But if the
husband is afraid that his wife may rebel against him, he hastens to
bring mutual understanding by means of exhortation, then by abandonment
of the bed, then by the scourging which deters."
Did you read it?—"By the scourging which deters" This is if the symptoms of
disobedience became apparent exactly as the Jalalan, Baydawi, Zamakhshari have
said and as the Saudi scholars indicated in Al-Muslimun magazine in its issue
of March 17, 1989 (page 12). I can also easily list dozens of references, both
ancient and contemporary, which explain this verse (4:34). Actually, it does
not need any exposition because it is self-explanatory—"and scourge them." It
is evident that moral peoples regard wife abuse as a crime punishable by
law because nature itself (as well as the simplest human principle) teaches us
that it is not permissible for a man to beat an animal—much less his wife!
Yet according to the Islamic faith and by distinct orders issued by the Qur’an
and Muhammad, a man is allowed to scourge his wife with a peaceful conscience
because he is carrying out God’s command as recorded in the Qur’an. "God the
compassionate, the Merciful" and the Glorious Qur’an—and Muhammad, the prophet
of mercy and humanity who claimed that he honored women, yet said: "Hang up
your scourge where your wife can see it."
The Story of Job and his Wife in the Qur’an
In Chapter 38:44, the Qur’an declares that God has commanded righteous Job to beat
his wife. We read:
"And (it was said unto him), ‘Take in thine hand a branch and smite therewith
and break not thine oath."’
All Muslim scholars agree on the exposition of this verse. Both Jalalan
(page 383), and Baydawi (page 604) say:
"When Job’s wife was slow (to do something for him) one day, he swore to
scourge her one hundred times. God told him, ‘Do not break .... oath,
but take a bundle of grass in your hand or rods to beat her up with."’
The Jalalaan say that Job took one hundred sticks and scourged her once.
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