All agree that the Koran instructs men to beat their wives in Qur'an 4:34
But you must beat her with a "miswak" (a small natural toothbrush)
Islam is split on the subject, those in Muslim controlled countries are more likely to take the Koran at face value, the way it reads, while those living in the West world tend to say it is a symbolic stroke with a toothbrush. What we are pointing out here, is that the Koran, instructs men to beat their wives. Regardless of how you interpret this verse in "Allah's holy book", we must say that such a verse is shocking and unprecedented in the Bible.

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Wife beating in Islam today:

  1. A Pakistan Muslim Imam wrote a book called, "Tufat-ul-Nisa" ("Gift to Women") teaches that a husband should physically beat his wife just as the Koran says.
  2. In Spain, an Islamic leader named, Muhammad Kamal Mustafa, who functions as an Imam for a mosque and is viewed as a scholar, wrote a book called, "Women in Islam", which openly instructs how a man should beat his wife. The BBC reports that Muhammad Kamal Mustafa "recommends verbal correction followed by a period of sexual abstinence as the best punishment for a wife, but does not rule out a beating as long as it is kept within strict guidelines... to avoid serious damage, a husband should never hit his wife in a state of extreme or blind anger. He should never hit sensitive parts of the body such as the face, head, breasts or stomach. He should only hit the hands or feet using a rod that is thin and light so that it does not leave scars or bruises on the body. The husband's aim, the writer said, should be to cause psychological suffering and not to humiliate or physically abuse his wife ('Spanish Women's Fury at Islamic Advice', BBC, 24, July 2000). Of course the woman of Spain were outraged!

Click to View Six translations of Qur'an 4:34 The "word of Allah" in the Koran is clear and unmistakable! Exactly mirroring all legal systems that administer increasingly harsher penalties for continued wrongdoing, the Koran says the Husband should first verbally admonish her, next ground her to the bedroom like a child, and finally when all else fails, to beat her. We must say that such a verse is shocking.

Click to View Documentation from Muslim scholars who specifically mention the toothbrush (miswak) We are not making up the "toothbrush". The idea originated with Islamic scholars who set the maximum size of the wife beating stick to be no larger than a "miswak" (a small natural toothbrush). Of course, this is only one of many interpretations of Koran 4:34. No Muslim denies that the Koran says a man can beat his wife, they merely argue among themselves as to how large the stick is. Some Islamic countries actually legislate the size of the stick!

Click to View What the Hadith says about wife beating . The hadith are Islamic historical documents, though not considered the word of Allah, are used by all Muslims as a reference for their religion. These Hadith give us glimpses of early Islamic life. They show us how women were thought of, and how they were treated. Later Islamic scholars were able to draw from these stories and develop an Islamic system of life. But, what the scholars, and Muslim leaders did was accurate, based upon the Hadith. If wives were beaten with Muhammad's approval, then that practice should continue today.

Click to ViewAre women allowed to vote in Islam in those countries that are run by Shariah law? Well first, Shariah law is usually a dictatorship where NO ONE is allowed to vote! For example, Indonesia is a dictatorship. Egypt is a single party state backed by the military. Sudan held their first general elections in 1996 and woman are allowed to vote.

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Women of Kabul

Other issues related to Islamic women:
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Muslims & Female circumcision! "Please honey, you won't feel a thing... it will be over before you know it!" (Female circumcision removes those parts of the body which bring pleasure during sex.)
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Some Muslims Forbid Female drivers! The universal statistic of all insurance agencies the world over is that woman are much better drivers of automobiles than men.
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married a six year old girl named Aishah and "knew her" at age 9.


 Written by Brother Andrew



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