Spousal abuse is universal across all cultures, but only in Islam is it given divine sanction, both in the Qur’an and in Muhammad’s example:
“Good women are obedient….As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34
Muhammad “struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?” — Aisha (Sahih Muslim 2127)
As usual, the accused disclaims any responsibility and says she hit herself. In the face. With a gun. “Minneapolis officer accused of assaulting his wife,” from the Star-Tribune, January 21 (thanks to J.F.):
A Minneapolis police officer was charged with felony assault Friday, accused of hitting his wife in the face with a gun and threatening to kill her.
Mukhtar Abdulkadir, 36, of Andover was quarreling with his wife Wednesday before bedtime, according a criminal complaint filed in Anoka County District Court. The next morning, he threw her on the couch and punched her in the ribs, the complaint said. As she was screaming, he put a pillow over her head, according to the document.
With his 3-year-old child yelling at him to stop, Abdulkadir grabbed a handgun from a closet and hit his wife in the face with the butt end, the charges said. She didn’t seek medical treatment.
She went to her parents’ house. When she returned home, he threatened to kill her, the complaint said. She told police he had been violent with her in the past and had threatened to kill her, the complaint said….
Abdulkadir told police his wife hit herself and she assaulted him. On Friday, she came to the county attorney’s office and recanted her story, saying she lied and wasn’t sure how she was injured, the complaint said. She had visible injuries consistent with her earlier disclosure, the complaint said.
It’s not unusual for an abuse victim to recant, said Tennison. In this case, she had earlier made very specific disclosures that were corroborated, he said. An investigator will follow up with Abdulkadir’s wife on Monday.
Abdulkadir was charged with felony second-degree assault, terroristic threats and domestic assault. The Minneapolis Police Department’s internal affairs unit is investigating.