Here’s a video clip of an Islamic ‘scholar’ speaking about the wife-beating ‘etiquette’ in Islam; he says ‘Allah honours wives by instating the punishment of beatings’. Yes, it is such a sign of respect and honour not to have a man shake your hand, to be segregated, to be veiled and to be beaten, amongst other things.
Not surprisingly, the scholar’s ‘interpretation’ is not very different from the [not so] ‘moderate Ahmadiyaa speakers I debated last week. They too said beat her only after admonishing her, don’t leave marks, and so on and so forth. Listen to the ‘scholar’ here:
By the way, the speakers also said that Mohammad never beat anyone (sort of like they said he didn’t stone anyone either). Here are some Hadith that say otherwise:
Sunaan Abu Dawud: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife…11.2142
Book 11, Number 2142: Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife.
Beat your wife if she is insolent but do not beat her like a slave-girl…1.0142
And here’s more.
Now this is my main problem with the ‘we have a different interpretation’ excuse.
All the interpretations end up with women being beaten…
(Thanks to Ghaffar for the Ahmadiyaa and Hadith links)