“Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them.” — Qur’an 4:34
But even though it is quite clear that what Samir Abu Hamza says here is an accurate summation of the teachings of the Qur’an and Hadith, he blames the controversy on…three guesses.
“It’s OK to hit your wife, says Melbourne Islamic cleric Samir Abu Hamza,” by Mark Dunn for the Herald Sun, January 22 (thanks to JE):
A MELBOURNE Islamic cleric has told his male followers they can force their wives to have sex and hit them if they are disobedient.
Coburg’s self-styled cleric Samir Abu Hamza said despite Australian rape laws it was impossible for a man to rape his wife even if she refused to have sex with him, the Herald Sun reports.
In a recorded lecture entitled “The Keys to a Successful Marriage”, delivered to his male worshippers but now broadcast on the internet and viewed by several thousand people, Mr Hamza said Islamic law allowed men to hit their wives as a last resort, but they were not to make them bleed or become bruised.
He said under Islamic law, as described in a koranic verse, it was a man’s right to demand sex from his wife whenever he felt like it.
“If the husband was to ask her for a sexual relationship and she is preparing the bread on the stove she must leave it and come and respond to her husband, she must respond,” Mr Hamza told his male followers on the video sermon.
That is not in the Qur’an. It is in the Hadith.
Muhammad said: “If a husband calls his wife to his bed (i.e. to have sexual relation) and she refuses and causes him to sleep in anger, the angels will curse her till morning.” — Bukhari 4.54.460
In another hadith, Muhammad says: “By him in Whose Hand lies my life, a woman can not carry out the right of her Lord, till she carries out the right of her husband. And if he asks her to surrender herself (to him for sexual intercourse) she should not refuse him even if she is on a camel’s saddle.” — Ibn Majah 1854
He then mocked Australia’s criminal laws, which required consent for sex to be lawful.
“In this country if the husband wants to sleep with his wife and she does not want to and she hasn’t got a sickness or whatever, there is nothing wrong with her she just does not feel like it, and he ends up sleeping with her by force … it is known to be as rape,” Mr Hamza said.
“Amazing, how can a person rape his wife?”
In the contradictory sermon, delivered in Melbourne or Sydney about 2003 but posted late last year, Mr Hamza initially instructs his listeners “don’t hit your wife”.
But he goes on to say exactly how men should hit their wives, according to his interpretation of Islamic teachings.
He said Islam cursed “those people who hit the animal on the face, (but) what about hitting your wife?”
“First of all advise them,” he said. “You beat them … but this is the last resort.
“After you have advised them (not to be disobedient) for a long, long time then you smack them, you beat them and, please, brothers, calm down, the beating the Mohammed showed is like the toothbrush that you use to brush your teeth.
“You are not allowed to bruise them, you are not allowed to make them bleed.”
Mr Hamza told his followers not to get carried away and become too physical with the beatings.
“This is just to shape them up, shape up woman – that is about it,” he said.
“You don’t go and grab a broomstick and say that is what Allah has said,” Mr Hamza said to sporadic laughter from his flock.
Mr Hamza runs the Islamic Information and Services Network of Australasia on Sydney Rd, Coburg, which offers spiritual advice, prayer facilities and boxing, karate and gym classes for Muslims.
Despite concerns about his preaching being raised by female members of the Islamic community, Mr Hamza yesterday stood by his comments and blamed controversy over them on a hidden Zionist agenda run by the media.…
Meanwhile, other Muslim leaders in Oz rush to denounce the teachings of the Qur’an and Muhammad:
Islamic Women’s Welfare Council of Victoria executive director Joumanah El Matrah said Hamza’s interpretation was bigoted.
“Even orthodox practitioners and imams do not consider any form of family violence acceptable,” she said.
Islamic Council of Victoria vice-president Sherene Hassan said Islam did not condone domestic violence.
“The Prophet Mohammed stated ‘The best of you is he who is kindest to his wife’,” Ms Hassan said….