Muslim Cleric Teaches How to Properly Beat Your Wife

I recently came across this video, a recording of Abdullah Aal Mahmud, a Bahraini Cleric, teaching the rules of wife-beating. I don’t have a whole lot to say to prepare you for this video, so enjoy:

The Quran says:

QURAN 4:34 – “Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them. Surely God is high, supreme.

There are two issues here. One is gender equality and the other is abuse.

Apparently at one time, there weren’t people to oppose wife-beating. It was the “norm” and every approved. But society progressed and realized gender equality. Does this mean that religion should change too? Should religions re-write their books to match civilization’s progressions? There are many instances in the Quran and Bible alike (i.e. slavery) where barbaric and inhumane advice is given. How does religion treat this advice? And if we should not follow it, how do religious followers know when to start and stop following the advice in their book?

Many of the objectionable outdated religious guidance suggests that we should use violence against people for various reasons. Stoning, beating, using swords, etc. are all talked about in the most popular holy books. Doesn’t human nature tell us that this is wrong? Say you’re a devout follower of Islam 200 years ago and your wife has just spoken to you in a harsh tone. When you’re beating her, does it make you feel good? I suppose it does, because the anticipation of the afterlife reward trumps any feelings of suffering you feel here on Earth. On other words, kicking the shit out of your wife (but being careful not to leave a bruise, as Abdullah Aal Mahmud teaches) might make you feel a little bad, but its worth it for the wonderful reward you’ll receive after you die.

We’ve been getting a lot of traffic due to the post about Christian Sex Toys. Now it seems that, the holy smut shop that was the main topic of the post has been flooded with so much traffic that their bandwidth has been exceeded. You folks really are kinky, aren’t you?


11 Responses to Muslim Cleric Teaches How to Properly Beat Your Wife

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  3. MCD says:

    Wife beating is a disgusting practice, though women do need spankings now and then.

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  5. awfrick says:


    reposting this on my blog. thanks for this

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  7. Shakes ones faith, i can tell that. .lite beatings an confinement, i hear little about love an caring in this so called good book, my husband just told me not to read the quran, coz i’m menstruating, what if i really really needed the word right this minute, smoke an mirrors an to much compulsery going on, women should thank the western mans good heart in giving them a voice an a safe place from this sick practice, i.muslim and i thank god everyday for christians, you walk a true honest path, we all have floors but seeing equallity for my so called muslin women in islaam, i’ll man up as a women, an thank you the western men an women for placing the laws you did

  8. E says:

    Some Christian men advocate physically discipline too. What I found from a Christian Discipline (CDD) page:

    When administering physical discipline, take caution not to deliver the lashes anywhere but the buttocks. The first attempt at this punishment should only be delivered by hand so you can get an idea of how many lashings are needed. The best position will be for you to sit at the end of a bed or on a chair (with no arms) and have her lay across your lap.

    And while the man delivers the lashes, he is to do it with ‘love’?—-A fearful wife may begin crying or pleading and find it difficult to remain still. Reassure her. of your intent and love (yes this will hurt, that is why it is a punishment) then instruct her to be still.

    Bloody scary.

  9. Elliot says:

    Lies, To beat can also be translated to mean over 20 words one wich means to go away.

  10. Elliot says:

    “them (women) in good fellowship, or let them go in kindness ♥” (2:229)

    “Retain them in kindness,or set them free in kindness, and retain them not for injury.” (2:231)

    “And for women are rights over men similar to those of men over women.♥” (2:226)

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