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Advisor to Mahmoud Abbas says a husband may beat his wife

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Advisor to Mahmoud Abbas says a husband may beat his wife

Robert Spencer

How generous, compassionate, and merciful!

The Qur’an teaches that men are superior to women and should beat those from whom they “fear disobedience”: “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34.

Muhammad’s child bride, Aisha, says in a hadith that Muhammad “struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: ‘Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?’” — Sahih Muslim 2127.

“Mahmoud Al-Habbash, Advisor to PA President: Men May Only Beat Their Wives When They Are Disobedient,” MEMRI, December 1, 2018:

Mahmoud Al-Habbash, who is an advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said that the only situation in which a man is ever permitted to beat his wife is when she is “being disobedient, crossing the line, [and] violating the sanctity of matrimony.” He said that even under these circumstances, the man may not hit his wife in the face or in a fashion that causes harm, injury, or excessive pain. He said that men must remember that their wives are partners rather than maids or slave girls. Al-Habbash was interviewed on Palestine TV (Palestinian Authority) on December 1, 2018.

Mahmoud Al-Habbash: The one and only situation – and it is very limited and very rare – in which a man is permitted to beat [his wife] in a manner that causes no harm, that leads to no injury, that avoids the face, and that does not cause much pain… It is only permitted when his wife is being disobedient, crossing the line, violating the sanctity of matrimony, and violating the sanctity of the household and the family. Other than that, any kind of beating, abusing, or cursing of one’s wife is haram. Men must realize that their wives are not maids or slave girls. They are their partners.

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