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Book tells Muslim men how to beat and control their wives

9:48 pm - 03/28/2012
Book tells Muslim men how to beat and control their wives
Controversial guide sold in Toronto
By Terry Davidson, QMI Agency (March 24)

TORONTO - A local bookstore has “sold out” of a controversial marriage guide that advises Muslim men on how to beat their wives.

The 160-page book, published by Idara Impex in New Delhi, India, is written by Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, who’s described in the book’s foreword as a “prolific writer on almost every topic of Islamic learning.”

The store’s manager, who didn’t give his name, said the book had been sold out for some time, and the store’s owner, whom the manager identified as Shamim Ahmad, refused to comment for the story.

It wasn’t clear whether the shop has ordered more copies of the book, but it’s available at online Islamic bookstores and even through eBay.

In the book’s opening pages, it is written that “it might be necessary to restrain her with strength or even to threaten her.”

Later, its author advises that “the husband should treat the wife with kindness and love, even if she tends to be stupid and slow sometimes.”

Page 45 contains the rights of the husband, which include his wife’s inability to leave “his house without his permission,” and that his wife must “fulfil his desires” and “not allow herself to be untidy ... but should beautify herself for him ... ”

In terms of physical punishment, the book advises that a husband may scold her, “beat by hand or stick,” withhold money from her or “pull (her) by the ears,” but should “refrain from beating her excessively.”

Moderate Muslim voice Tarek Fatah says the shopkeeper should be charged for selling such a book.

“I wouldn’t say it’s hate, but it is inciting men to hit women,” said Fatah, who identified the book’s author as a prominent Islamic scholar. “This is new to you, but the Muslim community knows that this is widespread, that a woman can be beaten. Muslim leaders will deny this, but... ”

Male dominance over women has been making headlines for some time, with the recent lengthy trial and conviction of the Shafia family.

Mohammad Shafia, 59, his second wife, Tooba Yahya, 42, and their son, Hamed, 21, were each convicted in January on four counts of first-degree murder in what was characterized as an honour killing of four female family members as punishment for disobedience. They were handed life sentences with no chance of parole for 25 years.

Shafia’s three daughters and his first wife were found drowned in a car at the bottom of the Rideau Canal in Kingston, Ont., in June 2009.

Eric Brazau says he was flipping through the marriage guide while in the bookstore around a month ago.

Brazau bought it out of curiosity but was taken aback when he found dozens of chapters and passages giving Muslim husbands advice on controlling, restraining, scolding and beating their wives.

“At first, I thought that it is incredible that this kind of thing can be found in Canada,” said Brazau. “And then I thought, radical Islam is not coming to Canada, it is already here.”


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furrygreen 29th-Mar-2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
“At first, I thought that it is incredible that this kind of thing can be found in Canada,”

I don't find it incredible that it could be found in Canada. I find it incredible that it was "sold out".
zhiva_the_mage 29th-Mar-2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
"pornography"?
chaya 29th-Mar-2012 01:34 pm (UTC)
I don't know either.

Also, the only reason this seems to be newsworthy is because it's written for Muslim. Christian-themed books like this have been circulating in North America for generations.
hinoema 29th-Mar-2012 01:42 pm (UTC)
That doesn't surprise me, sadly.
perthro 29th-Mar-2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Exactly. Any Christian who doesn't know about that has obviously never read Timothy or Corinthians. Peter HATED women. And lemme tell ya, those hardcore Bible followers (as opposed to Christ followers) can really hit hard sometimes. And they'll get away with it too, so long as they subscribed to the appropriate invisible sky man.
makemerun TW: violence against children29th-Mar-2012 03:17 pm (UTC)
Yyyup.

Not to mention all the Pearl "Beat your infants" crap. Quiverfull advocates, etc., have advocated this shit for ever.
pandaseal 29th-Mar-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Three words. Christian Domestic Discipline.
amyura 29th-Mar-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
And websites like this. In comic sans, no less.
nonnycat 29th-Mar-2012 11:41 pm (UTC)
They have indeed. My dad made me read a lot of that shit when I was a teenager, because I was apparently too "impudent" or something.
luminescnece 30th-Mar-2012 12:33 am (UTC)
Thank you for commenting early. I came here to make sure that someone was pointing this out in the first few comments. ._.
lil_insanity 30th-Mar-2012 07:52 am (UTC)
Exactly.
hinoema 29th-Mar-2012 01:41 pm (UTC)
Things like this are why I have the user name I do. (It's technically Hinoeuma, but I typo-ed when signing up to LJ. Anyway.) I only hope that young girls today may conceivably live to see the day when women are not relegated to subhuman status as a social norm. I know I never will.

“At first, I thought that it is incredible that this kind of thing can be found in Canada,” said Brazau. “And then I thought, radical Islam is not coming to Canada, it is already here.”

THIS IS NOT ISLAM.
THIS IS NOT ISLAM.
THIS IS NOT ISLAM.
THIS IS NOT...

*argharghfuckingargh*

Edited at 2012-03-29 01:42 pm (UTC)
icanseenow 29th-Mar-2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
Come on, violence against women IS encouraged in the koran. I'm currently reading it. The whole hypocrisy of it is, THAT IT'S ALSO ENCOURAGED IN THE BIBLE.
tenaciousrei 29th-Mar-2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
What Quran are you reading? Because I'm a Muslim and have read the Quran many times and have never seen it encouraged in the text.
makemerun 29th-Mar-2012 03:14 pm (UTC)
That is not Islam,

This is the same thing people say when things are done in the name of Christianity that they don't like. Or any other religion. The fact is, people like excuses to do shitty things. Sometimes that excuse is religion. The shittiness is just as much a part of the religion as any good that comes from it.

It's really disingenuous to claim that because your version of Islam doesn't include that shittiness that all of ~real Islam doesn't.

Edited at 2012-03-29 03:15 pm (UTC)
lickbrains 29th-Mar-2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
I have to agree with this. Blinding yourself from the horrifying parts of a culture is exactly what it is—blinding. It's important to understand everything that goes on in a culture/religion/politics/etc.
othellia 29th-Mar-2012 03:36 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean, but he did specify "radical" Islam which - as someone pointed out - is as different to moderate Islam as radicial Christians are to moderate Christians. So in that sense, he has a point. Not denying there's a hint of Islamaphobia in it though (ie. ignoring radical Christian doctrine like people have mentioned above).
yamamanama 29th-Mar-2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
Is this book someone's idea of a joke?
tenaciousrei 29th-Mar-2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
Outdated book is outdated and it's sad that Muslims are still reading it and taking it's advice.

Some things like this: and that his wife must “fulfil his desires” and “not allow herself to be untidy ... but should beautify herself for him ... ”
are misleading because a man must fulfill his wife's desires (and it's recommended that a man should satisfy his wife first before he has his own orgasm.) and a man is supposed to beautify himself for his wife as well. The article does not say if this is brought up in the book.

I am trying to look up the book just to see what it really says. Eh, I'm probably looking too much into this and it could be as bad as it says but I don't trust Western media when it comes to things Islamic and Muslim.
pepsquad 29th-Mar-2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
if this is the book that my friend has the report is disgustingly accurate.
tenaciousrei 29th-Mar-2012 07:09 pm (UTC)
Well, at least I didn't find it and read it myself. I would have throw it at the wall, at least.

We need way more education and openness in the Muslim so people will not rely on such books.
girly123 29th-Mar-2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
I don't trust Western media when it comes to things Islamic and Muslim.

THIS. It's hard for me to even read these articles, because they're just so...un-nuanced? I feel like that's a stupid way of putting it, but it annoys me that so many articles act as though there is a single, common Muslim thought on certain things, when in reality there is a lot of difference and nuance there.
lil_insanity 30th-Mar-2012 07:51 am (UTC)
THOSE DAMN MOOSLIM TARR'ISTS...! BLOWIN UP OUR BUILDINGS AND CORRUPTIN OUR YOUTH!!!
lickbrains 29th-Mar-2012 07:02 pm (UTC)
"I wouldn’t say it’s hate"
...seriously? These guys are beating the ever-loving shit out of their wives and most likely emotionally/mentally abusing them as well and it's "not hate"? fuckyoukthxbai.
lovelylaura23 30th-Mar-2012 10:12 am (UTC)
this.

ohaibb ♥
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