Forbidden now, that is — until Muslims are in sufficient numbers to change that. You may recall also that Ali Gomaa was recently the subject of a puff piece in the Chicago Tribune.
“Mufti of Egypt Sheik Ali Gum’a: Wife-Beating Is Permitted by Islam in Muslim Countries, but Is Forbidden in the West,” from MEMRITV, with thanks to Spires:
Following are excerpts from an interview with the Mufti of Egypt Dr. Ali Gum’a, which aired on Al-Risala TV on May 26, 2006:
Ali Gum’a: Wife-beating is associated with the cultural status of women in the different societies. Women in some cultures are not averse to beatings. They consider it as an expression of masculinity, and as a kind of control, which she herself desires. In other societies, it is the exact opposite. We must follow reason. When we are dealing with certain societies…
I got a question from Canada. The man said: “Here, it is a crime to beat a wife, even with a toothbrush. Is this prohibition acceptable in Islam? Yes. Islam accepts that the beating of Canadian wives, in this culture and ambience… From childhood they are taught that beating women is a type of barbarism, savagery, and so on. There is nothing wrong with taking this into consideration, and adapting to society, because Islam did not command us to be aggressive towards women….
But when Allah permitted wife-beating, He permitted it to the other side of culture, which considers it as one of the means to preserve the family, and as one of the means to preserve stability.