Verse 4:34 of the Qur’an has traditionally been understood to allow husbands to hit their wives. In the new book, Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition, UBC Prof. Ayesha S. Chaudhry offers non-violent readings of the complex passage and aims to reduce gender violence in the Muslim community.
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Domestic violence is a problem in every community. Each community must address this problem in its own way. For Muslims trying to address domestic violence, this passage of the Qur’an could be a hurdle if it is interpreted as saying that husbands are allowed to hit their wives, or it could be helpful by condemning domestic violence as an un-Islamic practice.
(A “hurdle,” you betcha. Don’t you know your own religious doctrine, the one that was sealed by your prophet in 7th century Arabia? The last and most perfect religion. Mohammed, the perfect man, the perfect pattern for all men beat his wife and so did all the other brothers. It’s in the Koran, it’s in the hadiths. You better be careful or the doctrine police will get you on shirk, blasphemy thinking that your ideas will supplant Allah’s).
The fact is religious texts only mean what religious communities say they mean – and the meanings of these texts can change over time. The first goal of this book is to show that verse 4:34 can legitimately be read non-violently, and that the interpretation a Muslim chooses – violent or non-violent – says more about them than it does about the Qur’an. Muslims can and must hold themselves responsible and accountable for their interpretations.
(Definitely shirk, poisonous ideas, moral relativism from the godless Kafir universities)
The second goal is to give Muslims the interpretive tools to choose non-violent readings of this verse over readings that permit violence against women. It is only natural that modern Muslims look to our sacred text to protect women against gendered violence.
(The Koran is the words of Allah. Allah is perfect so his words are perfect and cannot change or be subject to time. So Sura 4:34 that makes wife beating sacred is perfect and forever. Just like Sura 9:5, the Sword Verse, can always be cited to permit violence against the Kafir. This is not tradition, it is sunnah)