Islamic guide: Beat wife ´by hand or stick´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet Published: 03.25.12, 21:16)
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´Gift For Muslim Couple´ tells husbands ´it might be necessary to
restrain wife with strength or even to threaten her´
An Islamic ´marriage guide´ book has drawn fire for advising men on
the best ways to beat their wives, the Daily Mail reported Sunday.
Accordiing to the British newspaper, "A Gift For Muslim Couple" tells
husbands that they should beat their wives with "hand or stick or
pull her by the ears". The book was criticized by moderate Muslims
who claimed it encourages domestic violence.
The book claims to be a ´presentation for newlyweds´ or couples who
have been together for some years. It was written by Maulavi Ashraf
Ali Thanvi, who is considered to be a prominent Islamic scholar.
´Pitfalls of marriage.´ Copy of book
The book´s blurb says it "deals with the subject of marriage and
after marriage relationship, as well as the various pitfalls of
marriage, causes of breakdown and their causes."
It also claims to give "real life incidents´" and advises
on "different aspects of family life and how to run the institution
of marriage successfully."
However, the Daily Mail reports, the book also states that "it might
be necessary to restrain her with strength or even to threaten her."
It continues to say that that "the husband should treat the wife with
kindness and love, even if she tends to be stupid and slow
The author then gives the "rights of the husband," which, according
to the book, include his wifeís inability to leave "his house without
The wife must then "fulfill his desires" and "not allow herself to be
untidy ... but should beautify herself for him."
The book also encourages men to scold their wives. According to the
book, they may also "beat by hand or stick, withhold money from her
or pull (her) by the ears."
It the adds that men should "refrain from beating her excessively."
According to the Daily Mail, the book came to light after going on
sale in a Canadian book store. It is understood to have sold out
there. It is also widely available from Islamic online book stores.
Canadian political campaigner Tarek Fatah said the book should be
banned from stores.
"I wouldnít say itís hate, but it is inciting men to hit women," he
told the Toronto Sun. "This is new to you, but the Muslim community
knows that this is widespread, that a woman can be beaten. Muslim
leaders will deny this, but..." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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