The new NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.30th March 2017.Photo: Steven Siewert Photo: Steven SiewertThe newly-appointed NSW police commissioner has lambasted a view propagated among some Muslim ns that Muslim husbands are permitted to hit their wives.
In a video discussion posted on the Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir ‘s Facebook page on April 8, two women from the hardline fringe group said that the permission to strike a disobedient wife was “a beautiful blessing” but it should only be soft and “symbolic”.
The women, western Sydney primary school teacher Reem Allouche and Indian-born scholar Atika Latifi, also said that Muslim men have slower reaction times and no ability to multi-task but are physically stronger and obliged to be the leader in a marriage.
It was widely condemned, including in a statement signed by 34 sheikhs and prominent Muslims which said the promotion of violence is “against the spirit and letter of Islam” and “undermines the love, mercy and mutual support that should define a Muslim marriage”.
On Thursday, federal minister for women, Michaelia Cash, said the video was an “abhorrent” attempt to teach the next generation of young n Muslims that violence against women was acceptable.
“Domestic violence is abuse – plain and simple. It is not “a beautiful blessing”, she said.
Shadow minister for women, Tanya Plibersek, tweeted: “Violence and control – never okay. No excuses. Always a crime.”
Commissioner Mick Fuller, who led the police force’s response to domestic violence before his promotion last month, said the law doesn’t distinguish between race or religion.
“At a time when police are determined to break the cycle of domestic violence, it’s disturbing to think there are people who will condone it,” he told Fairfax Media on Thursday. “Men need to take responsibility and not receive encouragement to behave violently.”
The 30-minute video aimed to discuss a contentious verse from the Koran that says: “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their means. Therefore the righteous woman are Qanitat, and guard in the husband’s absence what Allah orders them to guard. As to those women on whose part you see ill conduct, admonish them, and abandon them in their beds, and beat them, but if they return to obedience, do not seek a means against them.”
Ms Latifi said that husbands should exercise their three options in order.
First, he should advise the disobedient wife of the rule of Allah. If that doesn’t work, he should refuse to share the bed with her. If that doesn’t work he is permitted to hit her.
Citing two scholars, she said the strike should not cause pain and should be done with an item like a sivaak (a small stick used for cleaning) or a coiled scarf or folded handkerchief.
“It is merely a symbolic act,” she said. “What a beautiful blessing from Allah, that he said not to take all the steps at one time. It is one after the other.”
She said examples of disobedience are acts considered a sin rather than something like forgetting to cook dinner. Strong statement from @SenatorCash on that Hizb ut-Tahrir video. #auspolpic.twitter苏州夜总会招聘/pS8Gm3xcSD??? Bianca Hall (@_Biancah) April 13, 2017