PAMELA K. TAYLOR, co-founder, Muslims for Progressive Values wrote such a tale. I will examine her claims (which do the rounds in Australia) and actual Islamic text and laws in 2 parts –beating women and equality, to reveal the contortions and misinformation used to sell the ‘Islam good’ lie. (reference)
***Muslim Book 30, Number 5756: 'A'isha reported that Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) never beat anyone with his hand, neither a woman nor a servant, but only, in the case when he had been fighting in the cause of Allah and he never took revenge for anything unless the things made inviolable by Allah were made violable; he then took revenge for Allah, the Exalted and Glorious.
To such a man, whacking a woman is small stuff and I suspect common but only reported when he hit his most favoured wife Aisha who normally got away with anything!
No doubt Hitler never by his own hand killed a Jew, gypsy, homosexual, Russian etc...but..
a) Mohammad hit child bride Aisha hard in the chest hurting her yet the Ms Taylor’s article claims Mohammad never hit his wives and blatantly ignores the substantial evidence of Mohammad’s violence to women and general sadism.
***Muslim Book 4, Number 2127: (This is a long hadith where Aisha describes how she covered her head, put on her veil, etc and follows Mohammad outside at night to a graveyard and hurries back before him ...)
“..He said: Was it the darkness (of your shadow) that I saw in front of me? I said: Yes. He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you? ....
b) Mohammad also allowed others to slap his wives in his presence when they rebelled ( supposedly following his sex with slave Mary)
***Muslim Book 9, No 3506…….Then came 'Umar and he sought permission and it was granted to him, and he found Allah's Apostle (may peace be upon him) sitting sad and silent with his wives around him. He (Hadrat 'Umar) said: I would say something which would make the Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) laugh, so he said: Messenger of Allah, I wish you had seen (the treatment meted out to) the daughter of Khadija when you asked me some money, and I got up and slapped her on her neck. Allah's Messenger (mav peace be upon him) laughed and said: They are around me as you see, asking for extra money. Abu Bakr (Allah be pleased with him) then got up went to 'A'isha (Allah be pleased with her) and slapped her on the neck, and 'Umar stood up before Hafsa and slapped her saying: You ask Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) which he does not possess. They said: By Allah, we do not ask Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) for anything he does not possess. Then he withdrew from them for a month or for twenty-nine days. Then this verse was revealed to him:" Prophet: Say to thy wives... for a mighty reward" (33. 28). ...
c) Beating female slaves is OK too – re the time Aisha was accused of immoral behaviour:After all, it is about protecting women's rights under the divine Islamic law
As for Ali he said “Women are plentiful, and you can easily change one for another. Ask the slave girl; she will tell you the truth.” So the Apostle called Burayra to ask her and Ali got up and gave her a violent beating, saying, ‘Tell the Apostle the truth.’” Ishaq: p 496 “
Mohammad had his female slaves flogged:
***Abu-Dawud Book 38, Number 4458: ( Basically repeated in *Muslim hadiths Book 17, No. 4224: )
Narrated Ali ibn AbuTalib: A slave-girl belonging to the house of the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) committed fornication. He (the Prophet) said: Rush up, Ali, and inflict the prescribed punishment on her. I then hurried up, and saw that blood was flowing from her, and did not stop. So I came to him and he said: Have you finished inflicting (punishment on her)? I said: I went to her while her blood was flowing. He said: Leave her alone till her bleeding stops; then inflict the prescribed punishment on her. And inflict the prescribed punishment on those whom your right hands possess (i.e. slaves).
BEAT WOMEN: when you read the list of vile terms used to describe women and know the position of women under Islam then and now, instructions to beat women are hardly a surprise.
The free Saudi versionof the Koran also has BEAT
Robert Spencer also includes these :
Sher Ali: “and chastise them”
Khalifa: “then you may (as a last alternative) beat them”
Arberry: “and beat them”
Rodwell: “and scourge them”
Sale: “and chastise them”
Daryabadi: "and beat them"
Pickthall, Yusuf Ali, Al-Hilali/Khan, Malik, Shakir, Sher Ali, Khalifa, Daryabadi and Asad are Muslims. Are their translations all "incorrect and offensive"? (reference)
Note: chastise means punish, thrash, inflict corporal punishment and scourge means whip, lash etc (Encyclopedic World Dictionary 1971, The Australian concise Oxford Dictionary 1987).
Laleh Bakhtiar, a Muslim woman cited in the Newsweek Washington Post article, Robert Spencer and elsewhere desperately ‘translates’ 4.34 as ‘go away from them’ so we are all supposed to believe that all the ‘authorities’ and translators plus all those law writers over centuries got it wrong! Reality-western Muslim women trapped in Islam, must suffer extreme cognitive dissonance –yet seem incapable of behaving rationally and dumping this vile ideology!
Job was told to strike his wife-koran sura 38.44.
e) Hadith –Mohammad over-rides ‘don’t beat’ and says men can BEAT women.
***Abu-Dawud Book 11, Number 2141: Narrated Abdullah ibn AbuDhubab:
Iyas ibn Abdullah ibn AbuDhubab reported the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) as saying: Do not beat Allah's handmaidens, but when Umar came to the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) and said: Women have become emboldened towards their husbands, he (the Prophet) gave permission to BEAT them. Then many women came round the family of the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) complaining against their husbands. So the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: Many women have gone round Muhammad's family complaining against their husbands. They are not the best among you.
***Abu Dawud Book 11, Number 2142: Narrated Umar ibn al-Khattab:
The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: A man will not be asked as to why he BEAT his wife.
***Tirmidhi 104: Narrated Amr ibn al-Ahwas al-Jushami :
Amr heard the Prophet (peace be upon him) say in his farewell address on the eve of his Last Pilgrimage, after he had glorified and praised Allah, he cautioned his followers: 'Listen! Treat women kindly; they are like prisoners in your hands. Beyond this you do not owe anything from them. Should they be guilty of flagrant misbehaviour, you may remove them from your beds, and BEAT them....... (he says re women’s rights..)...Their right is that you should treat them well in the matter of food and clothing. (ALIM CDRom)
Mohammad’s first biography reports Mohammad’s speech where he says men can beat women, women are prisoners with NO CONTROL of their persons, if they behave they have a right to food and clothing with ‘kindness’ and men have the right to enjoy their persons. (Ishaq P 651). Other reports call women ‘domestic animals.’
NOTE: Islamic ‘kindness’ doesn’t mean don’t beat or lash!!
***Bukhari Volume 6, Book 60, Number 466: ...The Prophet then mentioned about the women (in his sermon). "It is not wise for anyone of you to lash his wife like a slave, for he might sleep with her the same evening."Ie. - beat her but not quite as viciously as you beat your slaves---lovely!
No wonder Aisha noted that ‘believing women suffered the most- then and today, aided by the dishonesty of Muslim women endorsing Islam.
***Bukhari Volume 7, Book 72, Number 715: Narrated 'Ikrima: Rifa'a divorced his wife whereupon 'AbdurRahman bin Az-Zubair Al-Qurazi married her. 'Aisha said that the lady (came), wearing a green veil (and complained to her (Aisha) of her husband and showed her a green spot on her skin caused by beating). It was the habit of ladies to support each other, so when Allah's Apostle came, 'Aisha said, "I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!" ....
There are many other laws allowing beating, hitting, flogging...Remember Muslims can BEAT CHILDREN from the age of 10 if they fail to perform the prayer (Reliance, f1.2 p109, Abu Dawud hadith book 2, nos 494, 495) so why not beat women!!
***Abu Dawud Book 2, Number 494: Narrated As-Saburah: The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said: Command a boy to pray when he reaches the age of seven years. When he becomes ten years old, then beat him for prayer.
***Koran sura 66.1-5 Sura Tahrim (Banning)
1. O Prophet! Why do you ban (for yourself) that which Allâh has made lawful to you, seeking to please your wives? And Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
2. Allâh has already ordained for you (O men), the dissolution of your oaths. And Allâh is your Maula (Lord, or Master, or Protector, etc.) and He is the All-Knower, the All-Wise.
3. And (remember) when the Prophet disclosed a matter in confidence to one of his wives (Hafsah), so when she told it (to another i.e. 'Aishah), and Allâh made it known to him, he informed part thereof and left a part. Then when he told her (Hafsah) thereof, she said: "Who told you this?" He said: "The All-Knower, the All-Aware (Allâh) has told me".
4. If you two ('Aishah and Hafsah) turn in repentance to Allâh, (it will be better for you), your hearts are indeed so inclined (to oppose what the Prophet likes), but if you help one another against him, then verily, Allâh is his Maula (Lord, or Master, or Protector, etc.), and Jibrael (Gabriel), and the righteous among the believers, and furthermore, the angels are his helpers.
5. It may be if he divorced you (all) that his Lord will give him instead of you, wives better than you, Muslims (who submit to Allâh), believers, obedient to Allâh, turning to Allâh in repentance, worshipping Allâh sincerely, fasting or emigrants (for Allâh's sake), previously married and virgins.
Many hadith note the the fuss and Mohammad’s threats to divorce his wives and express shock that any female would challenge Mohammad. (*Bukhari Volume 3, Book 43, Number 648: (also vol 6 book 60 No. 435, 436, 437, 438; * Muslim Book 9 Nos. 3498-3511)
The stories are long but Bukhari 3/43/648 notes Mohammad’s black slave, the shock that any women could challenge Mohammad, the statement that" “We, the people of Quraish, used to have authority over women, but when we came to live with the Ansar, we noticed that the Ansari women had the upper hand over their men, so our women started acquiring the habits of the Ansari women.” And notes that Mohammad didn’t go to his wives for 29 days but finally went to Aisha and offered her the glitter of this world (presumably divorce) or allah, his apostle and a home in the hereafter... ...
Mohammad 'revealed' text that applied extra pressure/threats on his wives to never challenge him, particularly if they want to reach paradise!! – ie if you desire this world (Koran 33.28) but if you desire allah, Mohammad, the latter abode ( Koran 33.29) and are OBEDIENT, you will be doubly rewarded (Koran 33.31) otherwise:
O wives of the prophet! whoever of you commits an open indecency, the punishment shall be increased to her doubly; and this is EASY to Allah.
This story shows a very nasty, selfish, threatening Mohammad. Muslims try to claim the fuss was all over Mohammad eating ‘honey’ (Muslim book 9 No. 3496),) at someone else’s house – of course eating honey would cause such a fuss. (see Ali Sima ‘Trial of Mohammad www.faithfreedom.org, ‘Mary sex slave of Mohammad’ with discussion of honey and other interesting findings (reference) and a long discussion of all possibilities and excuses at Answering Islam.
h) Finally Ms Taylor reveals that she does indeed know that Islam supports the beating/scourging of women as twice she claims that the imams are really promoting a ‘calm, reasoned, and limited physical punishment’ and astonishingly writes:
“Domestic violence activists have long insisted that domestic violence is not about out-of-control anger, it is about controlling the life of one's spouse ....... They usually hit women in places where bruises and cuts will not be visible, ..... in the middle of beating up their wife, if the phone rings, or police come to the door, the abuser is able to shut down his supposed rage, appearing and sounding calm and reasonable.”Abuse is so much better when the man is calm. Her description of the abuser fits Islam perfectly –as text says don’t hit the face and demands that women cover from head to toe (hiding the bruises!)
***Abu Dawud book 11, Number 2137: Narrated Mu'awiyah al-Qushayri:
Mu'awiyah asked: Apostle of Allah, what is the right of the wife of one of us over him? He replied: That you should give her food when you eat, clothe her when you clothe yourself, do not strike her on the face, do not revile her or separate yourself from her except in the house.
Imams today support beating women: eg undercover mosque 2007, youtube (lots) and in Australia 2009 (read Rudd’s and Muslim cover-up lies for Islam HERE). Scholar and Spanish Islamic leader Muhammad Kamal Mustafa’s book called, "Women in Islam", openly instructs how a man should beat his wife (Spanish Women’s Fury at Islamic Advice’BBC, 24, July 2000). Ayan Hirsi Ali a Dutch exMuslim woman now in the US fled Holland after revealing the violence of Muslim men in Holland in 2002. In Victoria Australia a Muslim woman accused of arson and insurance fraud, claimed she had to obey her husband or he would beat her as the Koran allowed or throw her out of home again!(aap general news 28/5/02 also reports 2003)
If you don’t want to be beaten to pieces like female Saudi presenter Rania al-Baz who needed 13 operations following the beating from hubby for answering the phone (he regularly beat her) (Age, 7/7/04 Melb Australia) then don’t join Islam with its huge collection of derogatory terms, abuse, violence and control of females. Yes you could still marry a mean male anyway but at least he’s committing a crime but in Islam, violence to women is a right given by allah, Mohammad, text and laws!
1) Al-Misri, Ahmad ibn Naqib; Reliance of the Traveler: A classic manual of Islamic sacred law. In Arabic with facing English Text, commentary and appendices edited and translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller amana publications Maryland USA 1994
2) Ishaq, Ibn: Sirat Rusulallah by Ibn Ishaq Translated by A. Guillaume. Fifteenth Impression, 2001 Published by Oxford University Press, Karachi, Pakistan. .
3) Taylor, Pamela: Aasiya Zubair Hassan, Domestic Violence and Islam February 27, 2009; (LINK)
PAMELA K. TAYLOR co-founder, Muslims for Progressive Values
4) “The Holy Qur’an,” the internet version of three English translations can be read here and hadith (though hard to access) - here
5) The Noble Quran: endowment for allah’s sake from the custodian of the two holy mosques......King Fahd Complex. Supplied free from the government of Saudi Arabia.