The dehumanization and diminishment of women is universal in the Muslim world — "you can't go against what Islam says." These sharia courts should be banned in Western nations. They are vicious, misogynistic, and brutal.
A BBC [!] Panorama Documentary goes undercover in one of the 85 sharia
courts operating as a parallel legal system in the UK, uncovering the
extensive abuse of women, refusal to grant divorces, charging of the
woman but not the man for divorce proceedings, and even the taking away
of the woman's children, and rulings contrary to British law.
"Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has
preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have
expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient,
guarding the secret for God's guarding. And those you fear may be
rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them."
I am sure that all the Muslim spokesmen in the U.S. who constantly
assure us that only greasy Islamophobes think that that verse actually
means beat them are jetting over to Egypt right now, to explain
to Mahmoud Al-Denawy how he is getting the wife-beating verse all
wrong, wrong, wrong.
"Egyptian Cleric Mahmoud Al-Denawy Instructs European Muslims on Wife Beating," from MEMRI, June 17:
Following are excerpts from a religious call-in show
featuring Egyptian cleric Dr. Mahmoud Al-Denawy, which aired on Iqra TV
Europe/Africa, on June 17, 2013:
Mahmoud Al-Denawy: Here is an important question from sister Hagar
from Norway. She says: What’s the Islamic view on the beating of wives?
Non-believers use this point against Islam. May Allah reward you,
Indeed, many people take this as something [with which] to stab Islam
and to stab Muslims. They say: Here Islam is calling for the beating of
wives. Islam is urging Muslims… There are so many sayings and many misconceptions
about this, but they forgot an important thing: Allah says that if
there is a problem – or a lady, for example, who is disobedient, she has
a bad behavior, for example – the husband should do his best to correct
her, to fix this issue, first of all, by admonishing, by leaving her
bed. For example, he shouldn’t sleep with her. He should sleep in a
separate room, or whatever. And, at the end… Allah says: “Sleep in beds
apart, and beat them.”
The issue of beating… First of all, if someone [does it] just for
admonishing, or whatever… When it comes to beating, he should never beat
her harshly. He should never raise his hand. He should never beat her
on her face. But he can use something very simple – like a siwak [dental
stick] or something like this pen. The beating should not lead to
breaking her arm or a tooth. He should avoid this, because the Prophet
urged us and told us that when you beat someone, you should never beat
him or her on his or her face. This is because the face is owned by
What? The rest isn't?