Veiled Islamic women.
In a recent video posted on YouTube and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), a Kuwaiti cleric explained the Islamic rules for beating one's wife, how the "beatings must not be hard," and the husband "shouldn't break her bones" or "beat her on her face."
A cleric is a Muslim scholar trained in Islam and Islamic law (sharia). In the video, posted by MEMRI, Kuwaiti Cleric Othman Al-Khamis states, “Allah says in the Quran, ‘As for those whom you fear disobedience, admonish them. Do not share their bed, and beat them. Then, if they obey you, seek no means against them. Allah is ever exalted.’"
"If a woman disobeys her husband, he begins by admonishing her," says cleric Al-Khamis. "He does not move beyond admonishment unless he despairs of this means and his wife did not benefit from the admonishment. If this does not help, he moves on to refusing to share her bed. This is kept within the home, not outside."
"He does not share her bed," explains the cleric. "In other words, he refrains from having sex with her. This is what this step means. He continues to live in the same house with her but refrains from having sex with her."
“This is a psychological measure of discipline against the wife," he explains. "If this rectifies the situation, all praise be to Allah."
"If not, he can beat her," says the Kuwaiti cleric. "But the beatings must no be hard. He must not beat her like he would beat a man. The beatings must not be hard. It is more of a psychological beating, the purpose of which is to humiliate the wife."
He continues, "The purpose of the beating is to make her feel that he is cross, that he is angry. Some of the ancient scholars even said that he should beat her with a sewak dental twig. Imagine that. That is not a sewak. Let me show you. Just a second. [He pulls out a small stick.] This is my sewak."
Veiled Islamic women.
"Some scholars have said that he should beat her with a sewak because the beating itself is not the goal," says the cleric. "The goal is to make her feel that he is upset. He shouldn’t beat her like he would beat a man. The beatings must not be hard."
“He shouldn’t break her bones, and he shouldn’t beat her on her face," he explains.
It is a basic teaching in Islam that a husband may beat his wife if she disobeys him. In addition to the clerical instructions shown in the video above, see Palestinian TV, as posted in The Jerusalem Post.