If he had only stopped at beating her, all would be well. One imam explains it thusly: “The [wife-]beating must never be in exaggerated, blind anger, in order to avoid serious harm [to the woman]. It is forbidden to beat her on the sensitive parts of her body, such as the face, breast, abdomen, and head. Instead, she should be beaten on the arms and legs,” using a “rod that must not be stiff, but slim and lightweight so that no wounds, scars, or bruises are caused.” Similarly, “[the blows] must not be hard.”
“Saudi is beheaded for beating his Yemeni wife to death,” from M&C, October 22:
Riyadh – A Saudi national was beheaded Wednesday after being found guilty of beating his Yemeni wife to death with a stick, an interior ministry satetment said.
It said the killing happened in the southern Jizan region. A Saudi national had already been executed Tuesday in Jeddah for killing his wife during an argument.
The latest executions bring to 78 the number carried out this year in the kingdom, where Islamic sharia law pertains.