Islamic Ruling: Wife Beating OK, Just Don’t Break Any Bones

Egyptian Grand Imam of al-Azhar University, Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb.

Does the name of Cairo’s Al-Azhar University ring a bell? In case you may have forgotten, that was where Barack Obama launched his famed Apology Tour shortly after assuming the presidency in 2009.

Other than Comrade Barry delivering his global mea culpa for America being so evil, he also played fast and loose with the truth when he addressed the throng of Islamic bigshots at al-Azhar.

As stated by our (thankfully) ex-president;

And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States.

“Since our founding?” Anyhow, possibly more astounding than Muhaddith Obama’s pronouncements at al-Azhar would be that of the university’s Grand Imam Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed al-Tayeb.

As it turns out, the man who was once the religious leader of all Sunni Moslems in Egypt (the nation’s Grand Mufti), al-Tayib recently made known his fatwa (Islamic ruling) on the age-old Muslim custom of beating one’s wayward wife.

Reported by the everything Middle Eastern news portal Al-Monitor;

The grand imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar said on his May 10 Ramadan television program that a wife must not leave the house without her husband’s permission, which he deemed a necessity for the household’s stability and cohesion.

Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb stressed during his program that it is normal for a wife to ask permission to go out, except when visiting her parents. He added that a woman can only go to work if her husband approves. Otherwise she must remain at home.

Tayeb made another controversial statement May 20, when he said that equality between men and women goes against nature.

Tayeb dropped yet another bombshell May 30 with another fatwa allowing husbands to beat their wives as long as no bones are broken, sparking great controversy on social media in Egypt and the Arab world. It was not long before Tayeb retracted it June 5, calling for regulations to criminalize the beating of women.

Some Egyptians supported Tayeb, but others deemed his remarks restrictive to women’s freedom and in direct conflict with the constitution. Mahmoud Mhanna, a member of the Supreme Council of Scholars at Al-Azhar, said that according to Sharia, a woman must obey her husband.

“Tayeb did not say anything strange or new. His statements are in line with the Islamic religion. The majority of old and modern scholars agree that a wife has to ask her husband’s permission before leaving the house. For some scholars, women have to ask permission even to visit their parents. According to Sharia, a man is also allowed to hit his wife but not brutally,” Mhanna told Al-Monitor via phone.

Mhanna explained that under Sharia, if a woman disobeys her husband, he has the right to discipline her, either by “lightly” beating her without causing her major physical harm or by refraining from having sex with her. He added that the prophet used to beat his wives with a “miswak,” a tooth-cleaning twig.