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Submitted by Nuray (Portugal), Nov 13, 2005 at 17:24

Dear Cristina,

You wrote that
"The right for a husband to beat his wife..... yes if necessary?"

I said that "yes if necessary as a last option" + a verse which explains what last option means, not "yes if necessary?" as you quoted.


Did you read this verse to understand what it says?

"Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, Great (above you all)." (2:34)

It guides women and men to solve their problems. It is not about giving permission a men to beat his wife. Quran is very realistic on the problems of family life. It doesn't say only "love your wife" but also guide them to protect family life.

You wrote that
"And the husbands role is to......
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her "

Then tell me what if wives don't love them and accept their authority? How are they going to behave?

You wrote that
"Nowhere in the Holy Scripture does it say husband beat your wife for any reason and when you said"

This is not a surprise. Jesus was Jewish. He didn't bring any new law and regulations to his people. He was a statesman. His teaching was on moral issues.

What will husband and wife do when love ends? No answer. Everybody knows that love doesn't last forever. As far as I know women and men have no right to divorce in Christianity. It is unfair to both of them. It seem a man-made rule, not holy one. Islam allows divorce. No one can find any illogical rule against basic needs of human beings.

Let's read how Quran give advice to men during the divorce?
Lodge them (the divorced women) where you dwell, according to your means, and do not treat them in such a harmful way that they be obliged to leave. And if they are pregnant, then spend on them till they deliver. Then if they give suck to the children for you, give them their due payment, and let each of you accept the advice of the other in a just way. But if you make difficulties for one another, then some other woman may give suck for him (the father of the child). (65:6)

There is no doubt that Islam is a religion of social justice.

Nuray
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