Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists over and over that Islam is compatible with the West. One would have to conclude from that statement that the teachings of Islam are then compatible with Canada.
Despite the fact the ICNA Canada, the biggest national-wide organization in Canada, lead by Canada’s top Imam, Dr. Iqbal Nadvi, maintains in an online publication that “the political system of Islam is totally incompatible with western democracy”, Trudeau pushed Motion 103 that states that Islam, in particular, cannot be criticized in the name of Islamophobia.
The motion will:
a) recognize the need to quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear;
b) condemn Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination and take note of House of Commons’ petition e-411 and the issues raised by it; and (c) request that the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage undertake a study on how the government could (i) develop a whole-of-government approach to reducing or eliminating systemic racism and religious discrimination including Islamophobia, in Canada, while ensuring a community-centered focus with a holistic response through evidence-based policy-making.
Logically, then one must conclude that one cannot criticize Islamic practices of wife beating and marital rape for fear of being accused of Islamophobia. These practices will become part of our Canadian Values.
Here are some glaring examples of the Islamic teachings on the status of women as being taught and preached in Canada (click HERE):
Wife “beating in Islam is a type of education”: Canadian Islamic perspective
Islamic literature prevalent in Islamic bookstores or being distributed for free in Canada, and prominent Canadian Imams representing the Muslim community mainstream, provide an interesting Islamic perspective on women’s rights in Islam.
Dr. Iqbal Al-Nadvi, the Chairperson of Canadian Council of Imams (Canada’s top imam), delivered on February 16, 2015, a speech on “Family: The Building Blocks of Society” and “Family Life in Islam.” Among other things, Nadvi explained the Quranic verse dealing with wife beating. Verse 34 of Surah (chapter) Al-Nisa’ in the Quran reads:
“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 [lightly]. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.”
Nadvi said that the Quran allows the husband to beat his wife under certain conditions, but because relationship between husband and wife is “sacred” in Islam, it has to be carried out as part of the attempts to resolve conflicts and must stay behind closed doors. Only if it fails to fix the marital relationship, the couple can resort to mediation and later to divorce. The following is an excerpt from Nadvi’s speech (19:24-22:10):
“In Islam as [inaudible] Qadar says many rulings (احكام) of the Islamic Law (الشريعة) in Islam, in Quran, [are] given just in concept, in brief, rights? But the family issue is covered by Quran in a very detailed way. Not only what we should do, but even what you do if face some problems. How [do] you solve it.
“So in that sense for example we see that the protection of family is covered by Islam in three layers,right?
“The first layer is – solve the problem mutually between husband and wife, right? In many times it happens that in these days and Glory be to Allah, meaning (يعني) when we are attacked, right? and Islam is criticized that Islam promotes suppose wife beating, right? and so many things.
“So many people when they translate the word fa-idribuhunna (فاضربوهن) they translate, change the meaning of it. [inaudible]
“Me, of example, I want to say one thing. First thing is that the is the ruling (حكم) of the Quran. It is existing. I can not change it. But I need to know from the messenger of Allah (رسول الله) peace and blessing be upon him (صلى الله عليه وسلم) what it means? How [do] we implement it? Do we have an example from messenger of Allah (رسول الله) peace and blessing be upon him (صلى الله عليه وسلم) that he ever used this order? Right?
“So it means what? It means only that Islam is saying that the husband and wife issue and relation is so sacred, is so important, it must not be exposed to others. It supposes to be solved among each other. It is the first layer.
“And this is the point where for example Quran says if you are taking the issue, and Hadith says, if you are doing this thing, you can beat or can leave [avoid sleeping with the wife]. But why? Just keep the issue among each other.
“But the second layer is what? If it is not working make mediation, right? What? Bring one
person from husband, one person from wife and they will do what? And Quran says what? إن يريدا إصلاحا يوفق الله بينهما If they are trying to make reconciliation (صلح) Allah will enble them to do this thing, right?
“After that when the issue is not working then it will go to legal system, or it will go to court, it will go to other way. So what happen? In our situation most of the time we used last step first time, right?”
York Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) held in campus (February 23-27, 2015) the annual event of Islam Awareness Week bearing the title “What Does The Qur’an Say?”
York MSA Female students wearing hijab and niqab, who manned the Info Booth at the Central Square of York University, handed out to students the book “Women in Islam & Refutation of some Common Misconceptions,” authored by the Saudi scholar Dr. Abdul-Rahman al-Sheha and printed by the Saudi Dawah organization Muslim World League (رابطة العالم الاسلامي). For Blogwrath’s report on the event click here.
The following are excerpts from the book which was also distributed for free by Muslim activists operating the Islamic booth at Toronto’s Dundas Square:
“Although beating of women is generally forbidden, Islam permits the beating of wives in a restricted and limited sense only as a final solution and acceptable valid reason when all else fails… Allah deals with the case of a wife who behaves immorally towards her husband’s rights. The treatment of this extremely sensitive issue comes in gradual stages… Third and final stage: Beating without hurting, breaking a bone, leaving black or blue marks on the body, and avoiding hitting the face or especially sensitive places at any cost. The purpose of beating her is only to discipline… This treatment is proved to be very effective with two types of women… The first type: Strong willed, demanding and commandeering women… The second type: Submissive or subdued women. These women may even enjoy being beaten at times as a sign of love and concern… Beating, according to the Islamic teachings, is listed as the last and final stage of disciplining methods.”
Jamal Badawi (Nova Scotia):
“According Islam women unfit by nature to lead because they undergo various physiological and psychological changes during their monthly periods and pregnancies.”
Imam Omar Subedar (Ontario):
“Men are in charge of women… Allah has permitted the husband to discipline his wife by striking her… wives… have an obligation to be obedient to their husbands.”
Sheik Houssein Muhammad Amer (Quebec):
Wife “beating in Islam is a type of education.. The beating is a type of education… the beating is used after exhausting all effective and successful [possible] solutions and [it turned out that] there is no treatment without it… This is the case regarding the wife if you are right… if the estrangement fails the beating [of the wife] is permitted.”
In a lecture at Al-Rawdah Mosque in Montreal (published on September 2, 2015), Imam Houssein Amer mocked the Western idea of “marital rape” and explained the differences between the West and Islam in this regard:
“According to the Western view, the woman who is a spouse – her husband is not allowed to force her to have sex with him. It is forbidden. Why? Because, this is her freedom [of choice]. They [the West] were the first to establish the term of “marital rape”. Is it possible that a husband rapes his wife? Yes. He forces her to have sex with him. It is forbidden. Mistake. She may complain. Glory be to Allah. At the same time, some of our brothers, the preachers, told a story that happened in Germany. A German brother converted to Islam. His wife remained German [non-Muslim], and she defied him by bringing her lover to the house. Afterwards, the issue developed into a sexual intercourse. He hit her lover. She called the Police. The wife called the Police, told them: my lover has been attacked in my home. As you have rights in home I also have rights in home. When the Police arrived and listened to both sides, the Policeman told him [the husband]: The Law does not ban her, and you cannot ban her from having any sexual activity even with somebody else. Are you upset? Do the same like her. There is no power but in Allah. They [the West] made no difference even between the legitimate aspect [sex within marriage] which we have discussed and which serves as a guarantee from the this disease [HIV] and the sex outside marriage, Glory be to Allah, Glory be to Almighty Allah. And worse than that, they opened the other issues, such as homosexuality, man with man, woman with woman, and nowadays a man can go with a man to a church and a priest marries them. Some brothers say: let them live in halal [legitimate status]. They live together in contradiction to the [Islamic] Law, Glory be to Allah. I’m saying that the proper moral approach is that there is freedom [of choice] but within the Islamic Law, within the Islamic Law. You are a free-person in your subjugation to Almighty Allah.”
Sheikh Musleh Khan (Ontario):
The husband is the only leader of the family; “the wife should be obedient to her husband at all times” including when he call her to bed; she should “ask her husband permission before leaving the home” and “is obliged to serve her husband.”
Sheikh Ahmed Abdul Kader Kandil (Quebec):
“The man has a right over his wife also regarding the issue of obedience in the sense that she has to obey him on any matter and particularly when the man calls his wife to bed.”
Imam Shazim Khan (Ontario):
“So the Prophet, peace be upon him (PBUH he said): ‘Even in that situation she should not refuse.’ And to refuse, and to refuse to obey her husband in this respect [to respond to his call to have sex] is a major sin in Islam. It is a major sin… If a man calls on his wife to satisfy his desire with her and she refuses for no genuine reason… the angels curse her till the morning… One of the rights of the husband over his wife also is that she should serve him… wife should protect his honour… she stays away from everything that her husband doesn’t like in order to please him…”
Imam Abdi Hersy (Alberta):
“The husband has many rights [حقوق] on his wife… first and foremost, she has to obey you. She has to obey you, ok. He comes with the orders. You have to give orders and she has to obey you… That’s one of the rights of the husband for his wife. So she is going to cook and clean and prepare food… So she has to obey you… And the biggest thing when it comes to obeying your husband, ladies, is when he calls you in the bed stop what you are doing, quit… Obey your husband… The other thing that is a right upon the wife for her husband is she cannot leave the house without his permission… First and foremost, ladies obey husbands… First and foremost, if you order her to pray or to obey Allah… she has no choice but to obey him… if husband calls his wife to his bed and she refuses without any valid excuse… the angels curse her until morning… She has to listen if he orders to restrain herself or refrain from haram [forbidden action]. She wants to do haram [forbidden action], and he says no, she has to obey him with that… if you order to do prayer, do prayers… she has to obey you, she cannot say no.”
Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips (Ontario):
“Men are considered the head of the family and the final decisions are in his hand… her responsibility is to obey him as long as his requests are permissible according to Islamic law… [In] Islam, a woman is obliged to give herself to her husband and he may not be charged with rape… It is true that the Sharee’ah does permit a husband to hit his wife… The Qur’anic verse outlines the procedures which should be followed in the case of a rebellious and unjustly disobedient wife… the intent of this beating is not inflicting pain and punishment but merely to bring the woman back to her senses and re-establish authority in the family.”
Shaykh Said Rageah (Ontario):
“Also something that we are not doing it is [that] we no longer have the ghirah [protective jealousy] that is needed… when a man looks at your sister or your wife and her brother passes by what should you [her brother] do? Knocking him out. Right? Sa’ad bin Ubaada was the man [who] got married and the family delivered the wife on a horse, and as soon as she got off the horse, what did he do? He took his dagger and killed the horse… He said: no, no man will sit where my wife sat… And Allah said in the Quran: go and find four witnesses if you find a man with your wife. And Sa’ad said… you want me to find a man with my wife and I’ll say: Hey guys, stay where you are and I’ll bring four witnesses God Willing [ان شاء الله]. Don’t go anywhere. He said: O Messenger of Allah, [يا رسول الله] by the time I bring my witnesses they were done. It’s over. The business is over. In that kind of business what do you expect? He said: I swear by Allah, O the Messenger of Allah [والله يا رسول الله], I swear by Allah [والله] I will kill them both with the back of my sword. Meaning [يعنى] he [didn’t] come with the edge of his sword, [but] the back, so they’d die slowly. That’s how he wants to kill them. So [Muhammad’s] companions [صحابة] [said]: How could you say that Messenger of Allah peace and blessing be upon him. The Messenger of Allah [Prophet Muhammad] said: Are you concerned about Sa’ad’s jealousy? I swear by Allah that I’m more jealous than Sa’ad and Allah is more jealous than I.”
Modern commentary to the Qur’an and hadith in the book “Riyad us Saliheen” (“The Gardens of the Righteous”) as appears on ICNA Canada official website:
“Certain weaknesses of the female sex have been pointed out, which are natural and pertain to the woman’s biology, psychology and embryology. According to biologists, during and before menstruation, a female’s thought process is affected. Similarly, her pulse and blood pressure are also altered. Females are also more prone to hysteria… This Hadith makes it abundantly clear that obedience of the husband is compulsory on the wife. If, in the absence of any lawful reason, she refuses to obey the orders of her husband, she will be liable to the Wrath and Curse of Allah until she returns to obedience. This Hadith has a stern warning for those women who do not care for the displeasure of their husbands because of their bad temperament, stubbornness and habit of dominating their husbands… If a slave-girl is guilty of fornication, she is liable to a punishment of fifty stripes, and this punishment can be given by her master… One hundred stripes or stoning to death in case of fornication… if they commit the mischief, it will prove fatal because in an Islamic state this crime is punishable by Rajm (stoning to death).”
Copies of the book “The Quran” (Saheeh International) have beed handed out at Toronto’s Dundas Square and York University. The following are excerpts from the book that include Quranic verses followed by a modern interpretation:
Surah (chapter) an-Nisa Verse 24 – And [also prohibited to you are all] married women except those your right hands possess. 177 [This is] the decree of Allah upon you. And lawful to you are [all others] beyond these, [provided] that you seek them [in marriage] with [gifts from] your property, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse. So for whatever you enjoy [of marriage] from them, give them their due compensation 178 as an obligation. And there is no blame upon you for what you mutually agree to beyond the obligation. Indeed, Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.
Footnote 177 – i.e., slaves or war captives who had polytheist husbands
Surah (chapter) Al-Nisa’ Verse 34 –“Men are in charge of women 182 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. 183 But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance. 184 – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them [lightly]. 185 But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.”Footnote 182 – This applies primarily to the husband-wife relationship. Footnote 183 – i.e., their husbands’ property and their own chastity. Footnote 184 – i.e., major rebellion or refusal of basic religious obligations. Footnote 185 – This final disciplinary measure is more psychological than psychical. It may be resorted to only after failure of the first two measures and when it is expected to amend the situation and prevent family breakup; otherwise, it is not acceptable. The Prophet PBUH (who never struck a woman or a servant) additionally stipulated that it must not be severe or damaging and that the face be avoided.”
Surah (chapter) An-Nur Verse 2 – The [unmarried] woman or [unmarried] man found guilty of sexual intercourse 973 – lash each one of them with a hundred lashes, 974 and do not be taken by pity for them in the religion [i.e., law] of Allah, 975 if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a group of the believers witness their punishment.
Footnote 973 – Either by voluntary confession of the offender or the testimony of four male witnesses to having actually seen the act take place. Otherwise, there can be no conviction. Footnote 974 – The ruling in this verse is applicable to unmarried fornicators. Execution by stoning is confirmed in the sunnah for convicted adulterers. Footnote 975 i.e., Do not let sympathy for a guilty person move you to alter anything ordained by Allah, for in His law is protection of society as a whole.
The book “The Fragile Vessels” by Muhammad al-Jibaly:
The husband/ father is “the leader of the family” and responsible for “ the ‘dirty’ job of discipline” as he “has the obligation of enforcing the ‘family laws‘… If the first two steps do not work with the wife and she continues to be disobedient and rebellious, the husband may resort to hitting her… The woman should demonstrate her acceptance to her husband’s authority by showing willingness to serve him to her best ability… Obeying the husband is an obligation on the women in Islam, it is an act of worship… That includes performing the daily chores, serving his food, and so on… It is therefore a great obligation upon the wife to be always available for the consummation of her husband’s desire; and it is a major sin for her to deny her husband the intimate pleasure that he seeks with her… refusing to do that is a major sin that deserves the angels’ curse and Allah’s wrath… The wife can be a source of honor or depravity for the whole family. The husband is also obliged to have “protective jealousy” towards his wife. “Ghayrah [or ghirah, protective jealousy]… As a demonstration of a man’s toward his wife, he should have ghayrah for her. Ghayrah is the great concern about her well being and the zeal to protect her from anything that might harm her person, such as an evil touch, word or look… A person without ghayrah is called dayyuth [ديوث]. A dayyuth is a person who has no sense of protection or honor regarding his wife. As we discussed in the second book of this series a dayyuth will not enter Jannah [paradise].”
The book “Human Rights in Islam and Common Misconceptions” by Abdul-Rahman al-Sheha:
“A husband has the right of ultimate authority of the home management since he is responsible for them and is accountable for all aspects of their maintenance… One reason among many for this degree of responsibility is that men are generally stronger and rational whereas women are generally weaker and more emotional, traits given by their Creator to serve their complementary roles in life and in the family. A wife is required to obey the commands and instructions of her husband as long as these do not involve any act of disobedience to Allah’s command and the Prophet’s instructions… A wife is required to protect the children and the lineage of her husband by protecting herself and being completely chaste. She should be a trustworthy guardian of his wealth. She should not leave her husband’s home without his prior knowledge and approval, nor allow any person to enter in his home whom her husband dislikes. This is to protect the honor and harmony of the family, as instructed by the Messenger of Allah…”
The book “Rulings Pertaining to Muslim Women” by the Saudi scholar Dr. Saleh Fauzan al-Fauzan:
“It is obligatory upon the Muslim Woman to obey her husband in that which is halal… ‘If a man asks his wife to go to bed with him, and she does not come to him, and he spends the night angry with her, the angels curse her until the morning.’ Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim and others… Among the rights of a husband upon his wife is that she looks after his house and does not go outside unless she has his permission… So it is upon the Muslim woman to lower and avert her gaze from men, and not look at the provocative pictures which are found in various media, magazines, TV and video, in order to protect herself from evil consequences.”
The book “Minhaj-Al-Muslim” by Abu Bakr Al-Jazairy:
“It is obligatory upon the husband to fulfill the following etiquette with respect to his wife… He must also disciple her if he fears Nushooz (recalcitrance on her part) in the way that Allah has ordered the women to be disciplined… If she does not obey him… he may beat her lightly, not in the face and not in a bruising manner or one which would cause bleeding, tearing of the skin, breaking of a bone or the like… He must make her adhere to the Islamic teachings and manners. He should rebuke her whenever she may go against those teachings. He must prevent her from appearing without Hijab and displaying her beauty… He should not give her any opportunity to go against the commands of Allah and His Messenger and to be disobedient.”
The book “The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam” by Yusuf Al Qaradawi:
“Because of his natural ability and his responsibility for providing for his family, the man is the head of the house and of the family. He is entitled to the obedience and cooperation of his wife, and accordingly it is not permissible for her to rebel against his authority, causing disruption… “If the husband senses that feelings of disobedience and rebelliousness are rising against him in his wife… If this approach fails, it is permissible for him to beat her lightly with his hands… To be specific, one may beat only to safeguard Islamic behavior and if he (the husband) sees deviation only in what she must do or obey in relation to him.”
The book “The Ideal Muslimah” by Muhammad Ali Al-Hashimi:
“The true Muslim woman is always obedient to her husband… One of the most important ways in which the Muslim woman obeys her husband is by respecting his wishes with regard to the permissible pleasures of daily life, such as social visits, food, dress, speech, etc… it is the woman’s duty to respond to her husband’s requests for conjugal relations. She should not give silly excuses and try to avoid it.”
The book “The Muslim Marriage Guide” by Ruqaiyah Waris Maqsood:
“The Prophet (P.B.U.H) did not forbid a man from giving instructions to his wife, as long as these were in accordance with Islam, or from giving his wife some form of physical discipline… There is only one Qur’anic verse that grants husbands permission, and it states that this is only in cases where they genuinely fear nushuz (‘rebellion,’ which is in this context means treating the husband with arrogance and refusing the marital bed as a permanent principle, not just the odd occasion when the woman might have been ill)… Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient.”
The book “How to Protect Yourself from the Fitnah of the Women” by Shaykh Majdi Ibn Atiyah Mahmood, deals with the challenges men are facing when interacting with women, including sexual provocation, sins, immorality, indecency, slackness and vileness. The following are excerpts from the book (translated by Taalib Ibn Tyson Al’Britaanee):
“The (Prescribed) Punishment For The One Who Commits Zina (Fornication Or Adultery)… The women and men guilty of illegal sexual intercourse. Flog each of them with a hundred stripes. Let not pity withhold you In their case. In a punishment prescribed by Allah. If you believe in Allah and the Last Day. And let a party of tho believers witness their punishment. [This punishment is for unmarried person guilty of the above crime but if married persons commit it, the punishment is to be stoned to death, according to Allah’s Law). The adulterer marries not but an adulteress or a Mushrikah [female polytheist] and the adulteress none marries her except an adulterer or a Mushrikah [and that means that the man who agrees to marry (have a sexual relation with) a Mushrikah (female polytheist, pagan or idolatress on prostitute, then surely he is either an adulterer, of a Mushrik (polytheist, pagan or idolater). And the woman who agrees to marry (have a sexual relation with) a Mushrik polytheist, pagan or idolater, or an adulterer, then she is either a prostitute or a Mushrikah (female polytheist, pagan or idolatress).]. Such a thing is forbidden to the believers (of Islamic Monotheism).”
“(Suratul [Chapter] Nur [Verses] 2-3) So these Verses shows us Zina [fornication] is from the major sins and one of the worse crimes one could commit. The reason is because it deprives one from knowing his (or her) true linage and prevents one from obtaining their inheritance. So for this reason Allah the Exalted and High lays down a severe prescribed punishment. That is stoning with stones till ones death, expulsion or exile from ones land for one year. This is done as a punishment because such a person could spread diseases amongst the people, and this is one of the things the religion prohibits greatly…
Free Islamic literature in Toronto introduces the “true Islam” to non-Muslims
Muslim Dawah (outreach, “call to Islam”) activists at Toronto’s Dundas Square distributed during recent years a variety of Islamic literature.
The following are the highlights of some of the Islamic books/booklets which were obtained by CIJnews:
Homosexuality is a major sin
- ‘Liberated’ Western women… are trapped in a form of slavery
Polygamy is permitted in certain conditions
Wife must obey the “commands” of her husband
Wife beating is permissible in certain conditions (“Submissive or subdued women… may even enjoy being beaten”)
Muslims have a duty to spread the message of Islam in society
- Prayers to Allah to give Muslims victory over the disbelievers
- Non-Muslims of an Islamic State have to pay the jizya (poll-tax) tax
Punishment of flogging for public intoxication and traffickers
Punishment of stoning to death for married adulterers
- Punishments of amputation (hand and leg), crucifixion and execution in serious crimes
Punishment of cutting off the hand for the thief
- Punishment of execution for apostates
- Possession of slaves is permissible in certain conditions.
Punishment of cutting off the hand for the thief
- Punishment of execution for apostates
- Possession of slaves is permissible in certain conditions.
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