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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.”

zhiva_the_mage 29th-Mar-2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
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.
amyura 29th-Mar-2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
Not defending Peter, who made one or two submissive wife comments in his letters, but Timothy and Corinthians (like most of the New Testament) were written by Paul. And he REALLY hated women. And sex, actually.
chantalzola 30th-Mar-2012 02:07 am (UTC)
This. People make too much out of Peter's comments. It's really Paul who was the main woman hater.
makemerun TW: violence against children29th-Mar-2012 03:17 pm (UTC)

Not to mention all the Pearl "Beat your infants" crap. Quiverfull advocates, etc., have advocated this shit for ever.
makemerun Re: TW: violence against children29th-Mar-2012 05:30 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I'd never heard this before-- those terms, I mean.

I once had it explained to me that psychology was a secular lie and that any preteen or teenager who rebelled or in any way disobeyed their parents was possessed by a demon, though. Good times.
lil_insanity Re: TW: violence against children30th-Mar-2012 07:48 am (UTC)
any preteen or teenager who rebelled or in any way disobeyed their parents was possessed by a demon

My mother believed this. She tried to have an exorcism preformed on me. Seriously.
chantalzola 30th-Mar-2012 02:08 am (UTC)
Wait, what???????????? Beat your infants?????????????
makemerun 30th-Mar-2012 03:26 am (UTC)
The Pearl method advocates using a switch on infants as young as six months, IIRC.
chantalzola 30th-Mar-2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Oh my god =( =( =( I've never heard of the Pearl Method. Is it popular? I really, really hope not =( wow....
pandaseal 29th-Mar-2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Three words. Christian Domestic Discipline.
chaya 29th-Mar-2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
I don't know what that is and I know I don't want to know.
makemerun 29th-Mar-2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Holy fuck. o.0
pandaseal 29th-Mar-2012 06:47 pm (UTC)

Honestly, some of it reads like an excuse to practice a 24/7 BDSM sort of thing with added Jesus. However, I really doubt every woman particpating is into it, nor does it have the safe guards something like that should have.

It creeps me out so much.
kiri_l 29th-Mar-2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
I thought that myself.
amyura 29th-Mar-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
And websites like this. In comic sans, no less.
chaya 29th-Mar-2012 09:58 pm (UTC)
*eyes link*


*refuses to click*
madman101 29th-Mar-2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
you're a funny one
elialshadowpine 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.
chantalzola 30th-Mar-2012 02:10 am (UTC)
That is so horrifying =( Did he get you books or something? I've never heard of this before =( My mom's family was Catholic though (Dad was an atheist). Is this just a fundamentalist thing? (I'm an atheist too).
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)
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