Husband Can’t Slap his Wife for Any Reason: Scholar

Filed on May 12, 2009

DUBAI - Islam never permits a 
husband to slap his wife or even a child on the face for any reason, said a 
scholar here.

Assistant Director of the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai Dr Omar Al Khateeb said it is not even permissible for anyone to curse another person.

“Husband-wife relationship, according to the teachings of Islam, should be based on mutual respect, tolerance and love,” Dr Al Khateeb told Khaleej Times. “Prophet Mohammed (Peace be Upon Him) was never reported to have beaten any of his wives but once using a small peace of Sewak (kind of tooth brush taken from a tree), and that was very gently not as a punishment but as a ticking off.”

Dr Al Khateeb’s fatwa followed a report on AFP that a Saudi judge has told a seminar on domestic violence that it is okay for a man to slap his wife for lavish spending.

Jeddah judge Hamad al-Razine gave the example of overspending to buy a high-end abaya, the head-to-toe black shroud Saudi women have to wear in public, as justifying a smack for one’s wife, Arab News said.

“Some wives and not only husbands must take the blame for their behaviour,” Arab News quoted Al Razine as saying.

Citing verse 4, chapter 34 of the Holy Quran which reads, “As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, (first) admonish them, (Next) refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all), Dr Al Khateeb said there are three stages a husband may follow to deal with his wife’s disobedience.

“A man is prohibited from beating his wife in a severe way. The ‘beat’ mentioned in the verse, which falls last in ways of handling wife’s defiance, is kind of caution, yet in a very gentle way as ordered by Prophet Mohammed,” he said.

“A true Muslim shall not hammer, behead or even kill his wife as reported in some Western countries. He should be compassionate, kind, tolerant and forbearing to win Allah’s reward in life and the hereafter.”

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