OIC Fatwa on Domestic Violence and the Rights of Women in Islam: Beat Your Wife
From Atlas Shrugs:
OIC Fatwa on Domestic Violence and the Rights of Women in Islam
In April 2009, the Islamic Fiqh Academy made a ruling entitled ‘Domestic Violence’. This is a highly significant document which reflects a high-level consensus of leading Muslim scholars in the world today. It was clearly issued in the context of criticisms of Islam and Muslim societies for the treatment of women.
The Islamic Fiqh Academy (IFA) was established by the Organization for the Islamic Conference in 1981. It is comprised of 43 scholars, who are elite Islamic jurists of their respective nations. Many are chief justices or grand muftis of their nations. IFA's resolutions are in Arabic, and they can be found on their website at http://www.fiqhacademy.org.sa/.
IFA's aims are:
- to unite the Ummah (the global Muslim community, conceived of as a single nation, by conforming conduct to the norms of Islam at all levels (from individual to international);
- to apply Islam to contemporary problems;
- and to create a body of Islamic jurisprudence to meet the needs of modern life.
In IFA's deliberations, issues are subjected to extensive research, with prior distribution of papers, extensive consultation and discussion, before rulings are agreed upon and issued. These rulings are very distilled. The process “allows for a Muslim to see the final opinion without having to use up time and effort considering the research consultations that may extend to hundreds of pages”.
Undoubtedly IFA speaks for the Islamic mainstream. In the words of Dr Abdul-Salam Al-Abbadi, Secretary General of IFA, it is intended to function as the ‘supreme juristic reference for the Muslim world’. Furthermore, IFA's rulings have the backing of the OIC, which is one of the most significant groupings of states in the world today.
IFA's fatwa or ruling on domestic violence warrants detailed study. It is not possible to do justice to it in this blog post. A translation into English is given below. A few key features are:
- This fatwa represents the unapologetic assertion of the absolute authority of the sharia over all understandings of human rights as they apply to women and the family, specifically including international human rights conventions and covenants. Islamic states are instructed to ignore every article of any convention or covenant which is inconsistent with the sharia.
- The fatwa upholds the right of a husband to beat his wife: wife-beating is specifically excluded from its definition of 'domestic violence', as long as the beating conforms to sharia requirements. The memorable phrase 'non-violent beating' is coined to express this perspective. Note also the implied threat which warns against 'slander' in the context of resolving marital disputes (implying that a woman must not criticize her husband).
Here are some hadiths of Muhammad on wife-beating from Sunan Abu Dawud:
• Muhammad: 'When one of you inflicts a beating, he should avoid beating the face.'
• Muhammad: "A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife." – this principle means that a man cannot required to answer to a sharia court for beating his wife.
• Muhammad: "Do not beat your wife as you beat your slave-girl."
• Muhammad: "They are not the best among you." – said of women who complained to Muhammad when he gave permission for their husbands to beat them.
- This fatwa also upholds the right of a husband to rape his wife, for it is not 'domestic violence' for a man to insist upon his conjugal rights (section 2(F)).
From today's Saudi Arab News:
38% of runaway girls are aged 21-25.
In the comments section it is suggested to put more religious police at shopping malls whilst another commenter suggests banning all shopping malls with their perverted make-up and lingerie shops.
In true Saudi style the girls were interviewed in jail.
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