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With the passing of Motion 103 wife beating becomes part of the Canadian Values

With the passing of Motion 103 wife beating becomes part of the Canadian Values

Magdios Alexandrian

Prime Minister Justin Trudeaui nsists over and over that Islam is compatible with the West. One would have to conclude from that statement that the teachings of Islam are then compatible with Canada.



Despite the fact the ICNA Canada, the biggest national-wide organization in Canada, lead by Canada’s top Imam, Dr. Iqbal Nadvi,maintainsin an online publication that “the political system of Islam is totally incompatible with western democracy”, Trudeau pushed Motion 103 that states that Islam, in particular, cannot be criticized in the name of Islamophobia.


a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear;

b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and (c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could (i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada, while ensuring a community-centered focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making.

Logically, then one must conclude that one cannot criticize Islamic practices of wife beating and marital rape for fear of being accused of Islamophobia. These practices will become part of our Canadian Values.

Here are some glaring examples of the Islamic teachings on the status of women as being taught and preached in Canada 


Wife “beating in Islam is a type of education”: Canadian Islamic perspective

Islamic literature prevalent in Islamic bookstores or being distributed for free in Canada, and prominent Canadian Imams representing the Muslim community mainstream, provide an interesting Islamic perspective on women’s rights in Islam.

Dr.Iqbal Al-Nadvi, the Chairperson of Canadian Council of Imams (Canada’s top imam), delivered on February 16, 2015, a speech on “Family: The Building Blocks of Society” and “Family Life in Islam.” Among other things, Nadvi explained the Quranic verse dealing with wife beating. Verse 34 of Surah (chapter) Al-Nisa’ in the Quran reads:

Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard.But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance. [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed;and [finally], strike them [lightly]. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.”

Nadvi said that the Quran allows the husband to beat his wife under certain conditions, but because relationship between husband and wife is “sacred” in Islam, it has to be carried out as part of the attempts to resolve conflicts and must stay behind closed doors. Only if it fails to fix the marital relationship, the couple can resort to mediation and later to divorce. The following is an excerpt from Nadvi’sspeech(19:24-22:10):

“In Islam as [inaudible] Qadar says many rulings (احكام) of the Islamic Law (الشريعة) in Islam, in Quran, [are] given just in concept, in brief, rights? But the family issue is covered by Quran in a very detailed way. Not only what we should do, but even what you do if face some problems. How [do] you solve it.

“So in that sense for example we see that the protection of family is covered by Islam in three layers,right?

“The first layer is – solve the problem mutually between husband and wife, right? In many times it happens that in these days and Glory be to Allah, meaning (يعني) when we are attacked, right? and Islam is criticized that Islam promotes suppose wife beating, right? and so many things.

“So many people when they translate the word fa-idribuhunna (فاضربوهن) they translate, change the meaning of it. [inaudible]

“Me, of example, I want to say one thing. First thing is that the is the ruling (حكم) of the Quran. It is existing. I can not change it. But I need to know from the messenger of Allah (رسول الله) peace and blessing be upon him (صلى الله عليه وسلم) what it means? How [do] we implement it? Do we have an example from messenger of Allah (رسول الله) peace and blessing be upon him (صلى الله عليه وسلم) that he ever used this order? Right?

“So it means what? It means only that Islam is saying that the husband and wife issue and relation is so sacred, is so important, it must not be exposed to others. It supposes to be solved among each other. It is the first layer.

“And this is the point where for example Quran says if you are taking the issue,and Hadith says, if you are doing this thing,you can beator can leave[avoid sleeping with the wife]. But why?Just keep the issue among each other.

“But the second layer is what? If it is not working make mediation, right? What? Bring one

person from husband, one person from wife and they will do what? And Quran says what?إن يريدا إصلاحا يوفق الله بينهماIf they are trying to make reconciliation (صلح) Allah will enble them to do this thing, right?

“After that when the issue is not working then it will go to legal system, or it will go to court, it will go to other way. So what happen? In our situation most of the time we used last step first time, right?”

York Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) held in campus (February 23-27, 2015) the annual event of Islam Awareness Week bearing the title “What Does The Qur’an Say?”

York MSA Female students wearing hijab and niqab, who manned the Info Booth at the Central Square of York University, handed out to students the book “Women in Islam & Refutation of some Common Misconceptions,” authored by the Saudi scholar Dr. Abdul-Rahman al-Sheha and printed by the Saudi Dawah organization Muslim World League (رابطة العالم الاسلامي). For Blogwrath’s report on the event clickhere.

The following are excerpts from the book which was also distributed for free by Muslim activists operating the Islamic booth at Toronto’s Dundas Square:

Although beating of women is generally forbidden,Islam permits the beating of wives in a restricted and limited senseonly as a final solution and acceptable valid reason when all else fails… Allah dealswith the case of a wife who behaves immorallytowards her husband’s rights.The treatment of this extremely sensitive issue comes in gradual stages… Third and final stage: Beating without hurting, breaking a bone, leaving black or blue marks on the body, and avoiding hitting the face or especially sensitive places at any cost.The purpose of beating her is only to disciplineThis treatment is proved to be very effective with two types of women… The first type: Strong willed, demanding and commandeering women…The second type: Submissive or subdued women. These women may even enjoy being beaten at times as a sign of love and concern… Beating, according to the Islamic teachings, is listed as the last and final stage of disciplining methods.”

Jamal Badawi (Nova Scotia):

AccordingIslam women unfit by nature to leadbecause they undergo various physiological and psychological changes during their monthly periods and pregnancies.”

Imam Omar Subedar(Ontario):

Men are in charge of women…Allah has permitted the husband to discipline his wife by striking herwives… have an obligation to be obedient to their husbands.”

SheikHoussein Muhammad Amer(Quebec):

Wife “beating in Islam is a type of education.. The beating is a type of education… the beating is used after exhausting all effective and successful [possible] solutions and [it turned out that] there is no treatment without it… This is the case regarding the wife if you are right… if the estrangement fails the beating [of the wife] is permitted.”

In a lecture at Al-Rawdah Mosque in Montreal (published on September 2, 2015), Imam Houssein Amermocked the Western idea of “marital rape” and explained the differences between the West and Islam in this regard:

According to the Western view, the woman who is a spouse – her husband is not allowed to force her to have sex with him.It is forbidden. Why? Because, this is her freedom [of choice].They [the West]werethe first to establish the term of “marital rape”. Is it possible that a husband rapes his wife? Yes. He forces her to have sex with him. It is forbidden. Mistake. She may complain. Glory be to Allah.At the same time, some of our brothers, the preachers, told a story that happened in Germany. A German brother converted to Islam. His wife remained German[non-Muslim],andshe defied him by bringingher lover to the house. Afterwards, the issue developed into a sexual intercourse. He hit her lover. She called the Police. The wife called the Police, told them: my lover has been attacked in myhome.As you have rightsin homeI also have rights in home.When the Police arrived and listened to both sides, the Policeman told him [the husband]: The Law does not ban her, and you cannot ban her fromhavingany sexual activity even with somebody else. Are you upset? Do the same like her. There is no power but in Allah.They [the West] made no difference even between the legitimate aspect [sex within marriage] which we havediscussedandwhichserves as a guaranteefromthe this disease [HIV] and the sex outside marriage, Glory be to Allah, Glory be to Almighty Allah.And worse than that,theyopened the other issues, such ashomosexuality, man with man, woman with woman, and nowadays a man can go with a man to a church and apriestmarries them. Some brothers say: let them live in halal[legitimate status].They live together in contradiction to the [Islamic] Law, Glory be to Allah. I’m saying that the proper moral approach is thatthere is freedom [of choice] but within the Islamic Law, within the Islamic Law.You are a free-person in your subjugation to Almighty Allah.”

Sheikh Musleh Khan(Ontario):

The husband is the only leader of the family; “the wife should be obedient to her husband at all times” including when he call her to bed; she should “ask her husband permission before leaving the home” and “is obliged to serve her husband.”

Sheikh AhmedAbdul Kader Kandil(Quebec):

The man has a right over his wifealso regarding the issue of obedience in the sense thatshe has to obey him on any matter and particularly when the man calls his wife to bed.”

Imam Shazim Khan(Ontario):

So the Prophet,peace be upon him (PBUH hesaid):Even in that situation she should not refuse.’And to refuse, and to refuse to obey her husband in this respect[to respond to his call to have sex]is a major sin in Islam.It is a major sinIf a man calls on his wife to satisfy his desire with her and she refuses for no genuine reasonthe angels curse her till the morning… One of the rights of the husband over his wife also is thatshe should serve himwife should protect his honour… she stays away from everything that her husband doesn’t like in order to please him…”

ImamAbdi Hersy(Alberta):

The husband has many rights [حقوق] on his wife… first and foremost, she has to obey you. She has to obey you, ok. He comes with the orders.You have to give orders and she has to obey you… That’s one of the rights of the husband for his wife. So she is going to cook and clean and prepare food… So she has to obey you… And the biggest thing when it comes to obeying your husband, ladies, iswhen he calls you in the bed stop what you are doing, quit… Obey your husband… The other thing that is a right upon the wife for her husband isshe cannot leave the house without his permissionFirst and foremost, ladies obey husbands… First and foremost,if you order her to pray or to obey Allah… she has no choice but to obey him… if husband calls his wife to his bed and she refuses without any valid excuse… the angels curse her until morning… She has to listen if he orders to restrain herself or refrain from haram [forbidden action].She wants to do haram [forbidden action], and he says no, she has to obey him with that… if you order to do prayer, do prayers… she has to obey you,she cannot say no.”

Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips(Ontario):

Men are considered the head of the family and the final decisions are in his handher responsibility is to obey himas long as his requests are permissible according to Islamic law…[In] Islam, awoman is obliged to give herself to her husband and he may not be charged with rape… It is true that theSharee’ah does permit a husband to hit his wifeThe Qur’anic verse outlines the procedures which should be followed in the case of a rebellious and unjustly disobedient wife… theintent of this beating isnot inflicting pain and punishment but merely to bring the woman back to her senses and re-establish authority in the family.”


Shaykh Said Rageah(Ontario):

Also something that we are not doing it is [that] we no longer have theghirah [protective jealousy]that is needed… when a man looks at your sister or your wife and her brother passes by what should you [her brother] do? Knocking him out. Right?Sa’ad bin Ubaada was the man [who] got married and the family delivered the wife on a horse, and as soon as she got off the horse, what did he do?He took his dagger and killed the horse… He said: no, no man will sit where my wife satAnd Allah said in the Quran:go and find four witnesses if you find a man with your wife. AndSa’ad said… you want me to find a man with my wife and I’ll say: Hey guys, stay where you are and I’ll bring four witnesses God Willing [ان شاء الله]. Don’t go anywhere. He said: O Messenger of Allah, [يا رسول الله] by the time I bring my witnesses they were done. It’s over. The business is over. In that kind of business what do you expect?He said: I swear by Allah, O the Messenger of Allah [والله يا رسول الله], I swear by Allah [والله]I will kill them both with the back of my sword. Meaning [يعنى] he [didn’t] come with the edge of his sword, [but] the back, so they’d die slowly. That’s how he wants to kill them. So [Muhammad’s] companions [صحابة] [said]: How could you say that Messenger of Allah peace and blessing be upon him.The Messenger of Allah [Prophet Muhammad] said: Are you concerned about Sa’ad’s jealousy? I swear by Allah that I’m more jealous than Sa’ad and Allah is more jealous than I.”

Modern commentary to the Qur’an and hadith in the book “Riyad us Saliheen” (“The Gardens of the Righteous”) asappearson ICNA Canada official website:

Certain weaknesses of the female sex have been pointed out, which are natural and pertain to the woman’s biology, psychology and embryology.According to biologists,during and before menstruation, a female’s thought process is affected. Similarly, her pulse and blood pressure are also altered.Females are also more prone to hysteria…This Hadith makes it abundantly clear thatobedience of the husband is compulsory on the wife.If, in the absence of any lawful reason, she refuses to obey the orders of her husband, she will be liable to the Wrath and Curse of Allah until she returns to obedience.This Hadith has astern warning for those women who do not care for the displeasure of their husbands because of their bad temperament, stubbornness and habit of dominating their husbandsIf a slave-girl is guilty of fornication, she is liable to a punishment of fifty stripes, and this punishment can be given by her masterOne hundred stripes or stoning to death in case of fornicationif they commit the mischief, it will prove fatal because in an Islamic state this crime is punishable by Rajm (stoning to death).”

Copies of the book “The Quran” (Saheeh International) have beed handed out at Toronto’s Dundas Square and York University. The following are excerpts from the book that include Quranic verses followed by a modern interpretation:

Surah (chapter) an-NisaVerse 24 –And [also prohibited to you are all] married women except those your right hands possess. 177 [This is] the decree of Allah upon you. And lawful to you are [all others] beyond these, [provided] that you seek them [in marriage] with [gifts from] your property, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse. So for whatever you enjoy [of marriage] from them, give them their due compensation 178 as an obligation. And there is no blame upon you for what you mutually agree to beyond the obligation. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.

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Footnote 177 – i.e.,slaves or war captives who had polytheist husbands

Surah (chapter) Al-Nisa’Verse 34 –Men are in charge of women 182 by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. 183But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance. 184 – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed;and [finally], strike them [lightly]. 185 But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.”Footnote 182 – This applies primarily to the husband-wife relationship. Footnote 183 – i.e., their husbands’ property and their own chastity. Footnote 184 – i.e., major rebellion or refusal of basic religious obligations. Footnote 185 – This final disciplinary measure ismore psychological than psychical. It may be resorted to only after failure of the first two measures and when it is expectedto amend the situation and prevent family breakup; otherwise, it is not acceptable. The Prophet PBUH (who never struck a woman or a servant) additionally stipulated thatit must not be severe or damaging and that the face be avoided.”

Surah (chapter) An-NurVerse 2 –The [unmarried] woman or [unmarried] man found guilty of sexual intercourse973lash each one of them with a hundred lashes, 974and do not be taken by pity for them in the religion [i.e., law] of Allah, 975if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a group of the believers witness their punishment.

Footnote 973 – Either by voluntary confession of the offender or the testimony of four male witnesses to having actually seen the act take place. Otherwise, there can be no conviction. Footnote 974 –The ruling in this verse is applicable to unmarried fornicators.Execution by stoning is confirmed in the sunnah for convicted adulterers. Footnote 975i.e., Do not let sympathy for a guilty person move you to alter anything ordained by Allah, for in His law is protection of society as a whole.

The book “The Fragile Vesselsby Muhammad al-Jibaly:

The husband/ father is “the leader of the family” and responsible for “ the ‘dirty’ job of discipline” as he “has the obligation of enforcing the ‘family laws‘…Ifthe first two steps do not work with the wife andshe continues to be disobedient and rebellious, the husband may resort to hitting her… The woman should demonstrate her acceptance to her husband’s authority by showing willingness to serve him to her best ability…Obeying the husband is an obligation on the women in Islam, it is an act of worship… That includes performing the daily chores, serving his food, and so on… It is therefore agreat obligation upon the wife to be always available for the consummation of her husband’s desire; and it is a major sin for her to deny her husband the intimate pleasure that he seeks with her… refusing to do that is a major sin that deserves the angels’ curse and Allah’s wrath…Thewife can be a source of honor or depravity for the whole family.The husband is also obliged to have “protective jealousy” towards his wife. “Ghayrah[or ghirah, protective jealousy]… As a demonstration of a man’s toward his wife, he should have ghayrah for her. Ghayrah is the great concern about her well being and the zeal to protect her from anything that might harm her person, such as an evil touch, word or look… A person without ghayrah is called dayyuth [ديوث]. A dayyuth is a person who has no sense of protection or honor regarding his wife. As we discussed in the second book of this series a dayyuth will not enter Jannah [paradise].”

The book “Human Rights in Islam and Common Misconceptionsby Abdul-Rahman al-Sheha:

Ahusband has the right of ultimate authorityof the home management since he is responsible for them and is accountable for all aspects of their maintenance… One reason among many for this degree of responsibility is that men are generally stronger and rational whereas women are generally weaker and more emotional, traits given by their Creator to serve their complementary roles in life and in the family.Awife is required to obey the commands and instructions of her husbandas long as these do not involve any act of disobedience to Allah’s command and the Prophet’s instructions… A wife is required to protect the children and the lineage of her husband by protecting herself and being completely chaste. She should be a trustworthy guardian of his wealth.She should not leave her husband’s home without his prior knowledge and approval, nor allow any person to enter in his home whom her husband dislikes.This is to protect the honor and harmony of the family, as instructed by the Messenger of Allah…”

The book “Rulings Pertaining to Muslim Womenby the Saudi scholar Dr. Saleh Fauzan al-Fauzan:

It is obligatory upon the Muslim Woman to obey her husbandin that which is halal… ‘If a man asks his wife to go to bed with him, and she does not come to him, and he spends the night angry with her, the angels curse her until the morning.’ Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim and others…Among the rights of a husband upon his wife is that she looks after his house and does not go outside unless she has his permission… So it is upon the Muslim woman to lower and avert her gaze from men, and not look at the provocative pictures which are found in various media, magazines, TV and video, in order to protect herself from evil consequences.”

The book “Minhaj-Al-Muslimby Abu Bakr Al-Jazairy:

It is obligatory upon the husband to fulfill the following etiquette with respect to his wife… He must also disciple her if he fears Nushooz (recalcitrance on her part)in the way that Allah has ordered the women to be disciplined… If she does not obey him… he may beat her lightly, not in the face and not in a bruising manner or one which would cause bleeding, tearing of the skin, breaking of a bone or the like…He must make her adhere to the Islamic teachings and manners. He should rebuke her whenever she may go against those teachings.He must prevent her from appearing without Hijaband displaying her beauty…He should not give her any opportunity to go against the commandsof Allah and His Messenger and to be disobedient.”

The book “The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islamby Yusuf Al Qaradawi:

Because of his natural ability and his responsibility for providing for his family,the man is the head of the houseand of the family.He is entitled to the obedience and cooperation of his wife, and accordingly it is not permissible for her to rebel against his authority, causing disruption… “If the husband senses that feelings of disobedience and rebelliousness are rising against him in his wife…If this approach fails, it is permissible for him to beat her lightlywith his hands… To be specific, one may beat only to safeguard Islamic behavior and if he (the husband) sees deviation only in what she must do or obey in relation to him.”

The book “The Ideal Muslimahby Muhammad Ali Al-Hashimi:

The true Muslim woman is always obedient to her husband… One of the most important ways in which the Muslim woman obeys her husband is by respecting his wishes with regard to the permissible pleasures of daily life, such as social visits, food, dress, speech, etc…it is the woman’s duty to respond to her husband’s requests for conjugal relations. She should not give silly excuses and try to avoid it.”

The book “The Muslim Marriage Guideby Ruqaiyah Waris Maqsood:

The Prophet (P.B.U.H) did not forbid a man from giving instructions to his wife, as long as these were in accordance with Islam, or from giving his wife some form of physical disciplineThere is only one Qur’anic verse that grants husbands permission, and it states that this is only in cases where they genuinely fear nushuz (‘rebellion,’ which is in this context means treating the husband with arrogance and refusing the marital bed as a permanent principle, not just the odd occasion when the woman might have been ill)… Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient.”

The book “How to Protect Yourself from the Fitnah of the Women” by Shaykh Majdi Ibn Atiyah Mahmood, deals with the challenges men are facing when interacting with women, including sexual provocation, sins, immorality, indecency, slackness and vileness. The following are excerpts from the book (translated by Taalib Ibn Tyson Al’Britaanee):

The (Prescribed) Punishment For The One Who Commits Zina (Fornication Or Adultery)… The women andmenguilty ofillegalsexual intercourse.Flogeach of themwithahundred stripes. Letnot pity withhold you In theircase. Inapunishmentprescribedby Allah. If you believein Allahand theLast Day. And letaparty of thobelieverswitnesstheirpunishment.[This punishmentisforunmarriedpersonguilty of theabovecrime butifmarriedpersons commitit, the punishmentisto bestoned to death, according to Allah’sLaw). Theadulterer marriesnot butan adulteress or a Mushrikah[female polytheist] and the adulteressnonemarriesher except anadulterer oraMushrikah[andthat means that the manwho agrees to marry(haveasexual relation with)aMushrikah (femalepolytheist, pagan oridolatress on prostitute, then surely he is either anadulterer,of a Mushrik(polytheist, pagan or idolater). And the woman who agrees to marry (haveasexual relation with) a Mushrikpolytheist, pagan or idolater, oran adulterer, thenshe iseither aprostituteoraMushrikah (femalepolytheist, pagan oridolatress).].Sucha thing is forbidden to the believers (ofIslamicMonotheism).”

(Suratul [Chapter] Nur [Verses]2-3)Sothese Versesshows us Zina [fornication]is from the major sins and one of theworsecrimes one could commit. The reasonisbecause it deprivesone from knowing his (or her) truelinage and prevents one from obtaining their inheritance. So for thisreason Allah the Exaltedand High laysdowna severeprescribedpunishment.Thatis stoning with stones till ones death, expulsion or exile from ones land for one year.Thisis doneas apunishmentbecausesuchaperson could spread diseases amongst the people, and thisisone of the things the religion prohibitsgreatly

Free Islamic literature in Toronto introduces the “true Islam” to non-Muslims

Muslim Dawah (outreach, “call to Islam”) activists at Toronto’s Dundas Square distributed during recent years a variety of Islamic literature.

The following are the highlights of some of the Islamic books/booklets which were obtained by CIJnews:

  • Homosexuality is a major sin
  • Liberated’ Western women… are trapped in a form of slavery
  • Polygamy is permitted in certain conditions
  • Wife must obey the “commands” of her husband
  • Wife beating is permissible in certain conditions (“Submissive or subdued women… may even enjoy being beaten”)
  • Muslims have a duty to spread the message of Islam in society
  • Prayers to Allah to give Muslims victory over the disbelievers
  • Non-Muslimspaythejizya(poll-tax)tax
  • Punishment of flogging for public intoxication and traffickers
  • Punishment of stoning to death for married adulterers
  • Punishments of amputation(hand and leg), crucifixion and execution in serious crimes
  • Punishment of cutting off the hand for the thief
    • Punishment of execution forapostates
  • Possession of slaves is permissible in certain conditions.
  • Punishment of cutting off the hand for the thief
  • Punishment ofexecution forapostates
  • Possession of slaves is permissible in certain conditions.

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