“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] advice 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.” [x]
[Emphasis added by me]
This is the surah with which this video begins, where two Muslim women “explore the understanding of our respected scholars of this ayah, place it in the right context, and highlight its continued relevance to the life of the human being.”
The video was posted on the Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia`s Facebook page, and received an understandable amount of backlash over its content. Hizb ut-Tahrir is a global Islamic political party established in 1953 by a group of scholars led by the Shaykh Taqiuddin an-Nabhani. In the Muslim world, “we work at all levels of society to bring the Muslims back to living an Islamic way of life under the shade of the Khilafah, which implements the Shariah of Allah.” Their goal is the liberating of the Muslim world intellectually, politically, economically, and in all other aspects, from the subjugation of the kufr (disbeliever) and its people. Its stages of re-establishing the Khalifah are:
- Forming a body: calling close individuals to Islam and culturing them in its fundamentals;
- Going out to society: taking the call of Islam openly and clearly to society; presenting Islam and critiquing kufr as well as its political leaders. Additionally, seeking material support (nusrah) from those with it.
- Assuming authority and implementing Islam radically and comprehensively.
What`s even more disturbing about the video, alongside the fact that these women call wife-beating “a beautiful blessing”, is the fact that Reem Allouche is a primary school teacher. In their defense (kind of), they mentioned how men are allowed to hit women with small sticks called “sivaak”, and describes wife beating as a “symbolic act” not intended to cause physical pain. Other permissible methods to “punish” women involve using a twisted scarf or piece of fabric. Disobedience to the husband, serious sin (immoral acts, cheating), admitting anyone in the home, that the husband does not like; the women agree are instances where they should face punishment. According to them, violence should only be used to “promote tranquility”, and not for simply not cooking dinner.
“It goes hand in hand that he would have the right to undertake disciplinary measures,” Ms Allouche says. To which, Atika Latifi responds with:
“He is permitted – not obliged, not encouraged – but permitted, to hit her. That is what everyone is talking about. It should not cause pain. Not harsh.”
They say how wives should face beating by their husband, for disobeying Muslim teachings, but only because “he loves his wife, and fears for her wife… He’s not responding through anger or frustration or rage. He’s responding in obedience to Allah’s commands.
The left, again, is completely silent on this; but are quick on ripping Mike Pence up and down and call him a misogynist for not dining with other women but his own, and respecting her. The constant shilling and cover up for Islam, in the long run, will hurt women the most. As we mentioned earlier, re-establishing the Khalifah under the Sharia law is the final goal of hizb ut-Tahrir. Looking at Muslim majority countries which already implemented Sharia law, we can see why that`s a major problem not only to women, but the LGBT community, atheist community, and people who leave Islam.