A female Muslim teacher recently released a video explaining to the world what is expected of husbands in a marriage. However, things took a turn when she announced the man’s duty and called it a “beautiful blessing,” effectively leaving all non-Muslim viewers in shock.
Reem Allouche, a primary school teacher in Sydney, Australia, was recorded telling the women’s arm of the political group Hizb ut-Tahrir what is expected of men in a Muslim marriage. Although Muslims may not even blink an eye at what she was declaring, anyone else who watched was left cringing at the thought. In fact, Allouche went as far as admitting that Muslim husbands are permitted to hit their wives with sticks and excused the act as a “beautiful blessing” from Allah.
During the 30-minute discussion, Allouche and her co-host, Atika Latifi, continue to describe how beating women is a “symbolic act,” according to Daily Mail, effectively attempting to adamantly defend what any non-Muslim would condemn as domestic violence. The sickening video, making light of the violence seen in Islamic marriages against Muslim brides, even goes as far as to show the women demonstrating how the husband will use the “sivaak,” or stick, to hit his “disobedient” woman, as Allouche strikes Latifi, attempting to make the violent act appear playful and minuscule.
According to Allouche, there are only certain items that can be used by the husband during his punishment, including the sivaak, a twisted scarf, or a simple piece of fabric. Furthermore, she claims that the stick should only be used to punish wives for specific scenarios. Most often, these instances occur when the wife is caught committing sin by disrespecting her husband or Allah.
“Disobedience to the husband. Immoral acts or cheating,” Latifi explains. “Admitting anyone to the home that the husband doesn’t like.” Laughing, the duo claims that the husband may not beat his wife for “not cooking dinner” and that the act should only be used to promote “tranquility,” allowing husbands to take a leadership position within the family.
“He is permitted – not obliged, not encouraged – but permitted, to hit her,” Latifi explained. “That is what everyone is talking about. It should not cause pain. Not harsh.” She continued, “He’s not responding through anger or frustration or rage. He’s responding in obedience to Allah’s commands, in a measured and staged way, because we know when people talk about violence against women, often it happens in the heat of the moment, in anger, in frustration and what-not, whereas here, it’s managed.”
Although these women did their best to excuse it, Islam clearly promotes violence. Not only are Muslim men causing terror and chaos across the world, but they’re allowed to physically beat their own wives. That hardly sounds like a way to promote “tranquility” in marriage. While these women attempt to make this physical punishment appear to be not harsh, a bit of critical thinking proves the problem with their claims.
The playful physical punishment they demonstrate, claiming this is all that’s commanded, wouldn’t have the effect that they claim it’s for. Make no mistake, the calls to beat one’s wife in the Quran and hadiths are to break the woman like a disobedient animal, making her submit to her husband.
It’s sickening to think that there are women who are willing to accept physical punishment against wives at the hands of their husbands as a result of their god’s commands. Going so far as to call the abuse a “beautiful blessing” only further demonstrates how sick the Islamic religion is, and it needs to be stopped. When the very people who worship Allah are getting harmed, it only sends red flags about their religion and what it means for the rest of the world, and unfortunately, until everyone sees the problem for what it is, things are only going to continue to spiral out of control.