Islamic Leader Says Wife-Beating is Okay as a “Last Resort”

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Keysar Trad, president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, said Wednesday on Sky News that a “good” person would not beat his wife unless it was a “last resort,” according to an item in the Washington Free Beacon. He made the comment during a news segment on the Koran.

Sky News host Andrew Bolt quoted a verse from the Koran that states, “It is permissible for him [the husband] to beat her [the wife] light with his hands.”

Noting that he had previously consulted with many Islamic scholars on interpretation of the verse, Trad stated that a husband beating his wife should only be implemented as a last option.

“If you come home and you are really, really angry. We’ve seen many men act violently towards their woman,” Trad said on the show, adding that it’s better to find other ways to deal with a wife, such as counseling or buying her flowers. “This verse is saying really, is playing on the psychology of the man, saying violence is a last resort.”

Bolt interrupted the man whom the Daily Mail has reported is a proponent of polygamy. “Maybe you should beat her if she doesn’t see any sense. Beat her. That’s what this says: beat them. I’m reading the Koran,” Bolt pointed out to him.

“I understand what you’re saying, but what I would say to you is a good person would never get to that step,” Trad replied.

H/T: The Washington Free Beacon

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