An imam who advised a Canadian school board regarding religious accommodation has issued an interpretation of the Quranic verse condoning wife beating.
The Peel District School Board (PDSB) in Mississauga, which borders Toronto, has been under scrutiny for accommodating Muslims and ignoring parents’ concerns about the Islamization of their children’s school.
According to Jihad Watch, protests have erupted at school board meetings regarding a Muslim prayer accommodation for students.
In November, imam Ibrahim Hindy of Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre in Mississauga, who “helped to develop the current policy at the Peel District School Board,” presented an exhaustive explanation to the board about the Quranic verse on wife beating.
According to the meeting’s minutes recorded, the imam substituted the word “beat” with “tap.”
Following are excerpts from his narrative that was published in its entirety on YouTube in March 2016.
“There are a couple of verses in the Quran that seem to condone something that we would find very difficult, and that is a man striking his wife under certain circumstances, so Surah [Chapter] 4 [Verse] 34, 38, 44. There seems to be allusion to that. How are those passages to be understood?”
Chapter 4, Verse 34:
“Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.”
“We only need one passage of [Chapter] 4 [Verse] 44, that’s the one I would say is problematic in that sometimes people do take it out of context. So, this verse talks about, you know, when there is a marriage discord, the husband should leave the bed, leave the wife in the bad for a while; and if that doesn’t work, then he could strike her, and if that doesn’t work, then to go for a divorce. Essentially, this is what the verse says.
“Some people have, I would say, more of a liberal understanding of this verse’s interpretation. Those say: the word for strike in Arabic could mean to take a path, to strike a path. So, those say: This is simply to leave, both of them have to leave. I don’t really ascribe to that. I do think it is to strike. However, how did Muslims really understand this? So, I go back to earliest Muslims, all of them said: It means to hit the person with a twig, a small twig, like a pen, or something, … to hit a person with a pen.
“Unfortunately, there are some Muslims, and domestic violence is a problem in all cultures, in all countries. … In this country, see, the statistics are terrible, the same in the United States, and the same problem, … sure, the statistics in the Muslim world, as well, and, unfortunately, some Muslims probably are prone to beat their wives anyways…”
H/T: Jihad Watch
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