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Does Islam Allow a Man to Beat His Wife?

Surah An-Nisa:34
الرجال قوامون على النساء بما فضل الله بعضهم على بعض وبما انفقوا من اموالهم فالصالحات قانتات حافظات للغيب بما حفظ الله واللاتي تخافون نشوزهن فعظوهن واهجروهن في المضاجع واضربوهن فان اطعنكم فلا تبغوا عليهن سبيلا ان الله كان عليا كبيرا

Translation: “Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.

This verse is often used to claim that a man is allowed to beat his wife. Needless to say, Islamophobes use this as proof that in Islam, women are subjugated to men.

Nouman Ali Khan explains the terms used in this verse, what they actually mean and the context that the verse is referring to. Please watch this video. I guarantee you it’s enlightening.

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Was Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) a Pedophile?

A popular accusation anti-Islams and Islamophobes like to hurl at Muslims is that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was a pedophile. Let’s see if there is any basis in this accusation.

What is the right age to marry? The answer has varied through time. Let’s keep in mind that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) lived more than a thousand years ago. The lifestyle and customs at the time were definitely different from ours.

I looked up the age of a few European royalties at the time of their marriage in Wikipedia. Here’s what I found.

  • Marie Antoinette was married at age 15.
  • Bianca of Savoy (Duchess of Milan) was married when she was 15, and gave birth to her eldest son a year later.
  • Theodora Comnena was 12 or 13 when she married King Baldwin III of Jerusalem.
  • Agnes of France was 9 when she married Andronicus Comnenus (Byzantine Emperor).
  • St Elizabeth of Portugal (a.k.a. Elizabeth of Aragon) was 17 when she married King Denis of Portugal.
  • Caterina Sforza was married at age 10.
  • Lucrezia Borgia was 13 when she married her first husband.
  • Beatrice d’Este was married at age 16.

As recent as 200 – 300 years ago, it was common for people to marry in their teens — an acceptable practice at their time. Is it fair to compare the customs of people who lived more than 1000 years ago to today’s standard?

The prophet had many enemies — people who didn’t like him preaching the worship of one God. His enemies called him a liar, a sorcerer, a mad man and all sorts of vile names. BUT, they NEVER called him a pedophile. Why not? That would’ve been a powerful weapon for them to use against him. How can someone so immoral be the messenger of God?

They never called him a pedophile because he wasn’t one.

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The Quran Experiment

Two guys disguised the Bible as the Quran and asked people on the street their opinions about the verses read out to them. Funny how Westerners / Christians don’t know what’s in their Bible but is quick to accuse Islam of promoting violence.



Petition Against Animal Sacrifice During Eidul Adha

Nicole Yin started a petition on change.org to stop the slaughter of animals during Eidul Adha because she felt that it was cruel to animals. Rashidah Abdul Rahman wrote the following reply to her.

Dear Ms Nicole Yin,

We thank you very much for your kind concern and compassion towards the animals. Indeed, Islam do teach us to be kind to ALL creatures be it man or animal. We are all made by the same Creator. Even to kill an ant for no rhyme or reason is prohibited.

You are indeed very brave to question a practice that has been deeply rooted in a religion that has 2 billion followers. In that 2 billion mass, we have doctors, lawyers, scientists, thinkers, communicators, writers. Many of the so called modern findings in Science was already discovered by this representation of 2 billion in numbers. We are not a barbaric crowd of human who are blood thirsty violent creatures, definitely NOT what the media made us out to be. The atrocities that you see happening around us, is not Islam. It’s driven by greed and power crazed individuals, using religion as a medium to oppose. May Allah have mercy on them.

Back to the topic on the Qurban ritual done once a year to honor our Prophet Ibrahim. May I know if you have the chance to PERSONALLY watch how the ritual is being done? Also what are the MANDATORY methods in which our animals are slaughtered daily?

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Why Does the Quran Refer to Allah as “He”?

I never thought of it as an issue because in the Malay translation, the word used is “Dia”, which is gender neutral. The explanation is interesting. Must watch.

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