Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Islamic Society
North America:
How To
Beat Your Wife

From Little Green Footballs:

At the Islamic Society of North America’s national convention, attendees learned that beating a woman is for her own protection. (Hat tip: ciaospirit.)

Sunday, 11:00-12:30 pm Room 22 Session 9G: “...And Beat them Lightly”: An Analysis and In-Depth Discussion of Verse 4:34

This session will discuss the following: understanding the context of revelation (asbaab al nuzuul) for this verse. Emphasis will be focused on understanding the correct meaning of the verse, with specific attention given to the words qiwamah, nushuz, and daraba as well as to understand how this verse is to be applied as a protection for women, not as an abuse.

Speakers: Muzzamil Siddiqi, Rabia Karim Khan Moderators: Mohamed Magid Ali
Muzzamil Siddiqi may be familiar to LGF readers. He was an imam at the
Orange County Islamic Center when Al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn converted to Islam there.

Another session moderated by Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American Islamic Relations focused on empowering Muslims to file federal civil rights lawsuits:

Sunday, 4:30-6:00 pm Room 21 Session 11F: Impact Litigation and Muslim: The Next Chapter in America’s Civil Rights History

This session will discuss how the American Muslim community can begin to strategically empower the general American community at large by filing federal civil rights lawsuits which will help to protect the constitutional rights in the great historical legacy of civil rights case like Brown v. Board of Education.

Speakers: Arsalan Iftikhar Moderators: Ibrahim Hooper

Both programs are listed in this document: ISNA 43rd Annual Convention Program.

Here is Koran 4:34 -

Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.

Pastorius Commentary: This brings up a subject that needs to be discussed. That is, I challenge anyone to find a Muslim organization of any significant size that is actually modersate. The Islamic Society of North America is a Muslim organization of significant size and funding. As such, they represent the views of mainstream Islam. So apparently, in the view of mainstream Islam, it is ok to beat your wife.

That is sick.

Any Muslims out there who do not agree that it is ok for men to beat their wives need to speak up. You need to organize yourselves, and you need to make your voices heard, because if you don't then we are all going to continue thinking that the mainstream of Islam thinks it's ok to beat your wife.

It is the responsibility of Muslims to make it clear what Islam is about. It is not the responsibility of non-Muslims to attempt to understand that wife-beating is a-ok with Muslims. Muslims alone are responsible for the fact they show the public.