This is not meant to be offensive to anyone, but I found it educational to understand the depths of the Islamic religious basis for the status of women in society. So far as I am aware there is no similar religious teaching in Christianity, Buddhism, or other major religions – although I’m sure someone will correct me if that is not true.
Muslims in general may not bat an eye towards this philosophy, as it may be so ingrained into the culture so as not to be noticed, but I have to wonder how this edict works in the United States where spousal abuse is a crime and can land a man in jail.
The Koran (Quran) instructs men to beat their wives.
QURAN 4:34 – “Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them.
Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them.
As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Surely God is high, supreme.”
And here is a Muslim cleric expounding on the proper way to beat a wife. I find it interesting that at one point he says “…she is not his merchandise…”, yet no one seems to see the hypocrisy in one human beating another – whom they do not “own” – to exert control.
Then again, perhaps he is simply wrong to have said that and the woman is indeed the husband’s merchandise.