‘It’s OK to hit your Wife’, Australian Muslim Cleric Samir Abu Hamza

An Australian Muslim cleric is at the centre of controversy over a lecture where he directed his followers to hit their wives and force them to have sex. In an earlier lecture circulated on the internet last year, Hamza was also recorded instructing his followers that under Islamic law, a man can demand sex from his wives. This runs contrary to Australian law where both partners mutual unvitiated consent is required, even within marriage.

In response Hamza claimed his words where metaphoric – but is this so?

The fact that the Quran and Sunnah allow for a man to beat his wife for disobediance including refusing sexual interourse leads me to the fact that Hamza was merely being honest in the potrayal of his beliefs. However, it is cowardly of him to step back for the sake of PR.
The contentious aya (verse) of the Quran which justifies such abhorrent actions is Surah 4 aya 34:

Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God’s guarding. And those (women)  you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them. If they then obey you, look not for any way against
them; God is All-high, All-great.
Surah 4:34 (Arberry English Translation)

The ignorant Muslim apologist will respond in such a manner, ‘well, it says nothing about forced sex’.  In this case we examine the context in which the aya was revealed.  As many of you may know – the Quran contains no context and it is quite useless when removed from it so we must turn to the ahadith (traditions) and the tafsir.

This single aya sufficeintly justifies Hamza’s words in the Islamic context as explained by Ibn Kathir:

(As to those women on whose part you see ill conduct,) meaning, the woman from whom you see ill conduct with her husband, such as when she acts as if she is above her husband, disobeys him, ignores him, dislikes him, and so forth. When these signs appear in a woman, her husband should advise her and remind her of Allah’s torment if she disobeys him. Indeed, Allah ordered the wife to obey her husband and prohibited her from disobeying him, because of the enormity of his rights and all that he does for her. The Messenger of Allah said,

If I were to command anyone to prostrate before anyone, I would have commanded the wife to prostrate before her husband, because of the enormity of his right upon her.)

Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,

If the man asks his wife to come to his bed and she declines, the angels will keep cursing her until the morning.)

Muslim recorded it with the wording:
If the wife goes to sleep while ignoring her husband’s bed, the angels will keep cursing her until the morning.
This is why Allah said:

As to those women on whose part you see ill conduct, admonish them (first), abandon them in their beds, (then) beat them.
(This is surah 4 aya 34)

Source: Tafsir Ibn Kathir

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8 Responses

  1. FUCK you, you will go to hell

  2. first of all …

    in islam you are not allowed to hit your wife badly or to force her to have sex… the above article is all wrong.. and if really abu hamza said that he is then went too far… he is justifying and saying things not in hadith or Quran….. I am really disappointed and surprised..

  3. Hasan,

    You claim that it is not okay to do such and that the above finds no justification in the hadith or Qur’an. If so, why has Abu Hamza come to such conclusions? Why is this view ascribed to by so many Islamic teachers, scholars and theologians?

    Similarly, why have I come to such conclusions based ONLY on the Qur’an and the authentic traditions?

    By what standard have you questioned the articles truthfulness? Your own wishful thinking? That is how it seems.

  4. people miss understanding of beating a wife… you cannot beat her badlly that she will cry or not to strong making her a handicap… our prophet hit his wife with sewak..
    if you want to know what is sewak follow this link
    http://www.islam.tc/Miswaak/

  5. So, you can still beat your wife just as my post and Abu Hamza claimed? Your claim that the article was wrong was merely wishful conjecture?

    We know that when Muhammad beat Aisha, for example, she felt much pain. We know that Muhammad allowed Muslim men to hit their wives until their skin was bruised and greener than their veil.

  6. This man should be either imprisoned or deported, or both for expressing such views and by implication encouraging the abuse of women.

  7. fuck ur mother`s ass ,,, i met ur mother and i fucked her from her wet pussy ,,, she was verry good ,,, she liked my cum ,, and when i see u ,,, i`ll cum on ur fuckin face ,, and one more thing,,, ur moher ws verry goooood

  8. fuck this … u all talk about beating like ur talking about an animal ….. maybe an animal is treated more humanly than women …. damn u and ur religion if its something to use when we want to show how ignorant we r ….. damn this brain u hold for it is what god gave u before religion so use it …..

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