In the last post we began looking at wife beating and Islam. I am only a student of Islam and by no means an expert. However, it is my understanding that in some circumstances the Quran allows for husbands to implement corporal discipline for disobedient wives. Here are three translations of the meaning of the Quran:
It should be understood that these are only translations of the meaning of the Quran. The Arabic Quran is untranslatable. And so there can be a broad interpretation about how to understand the meaning of this text and its application. Nevertheless, there is a big difference about the biblical teaching of women and the Quranic. The difference is rooted in the cross of Jesus and His laying down His life for the church.
Islamic scholars sometimes preach women’s rights and beat their wife/wives at home
Here is a clip from Dr. Rasha Al-Disuqi who discusses the “double life” of Islamic scholars who preach women’s rights and yet beat their wife/wives at home:
Please understand that I am not implying in this post that all Muslim men beat their wife/wives. They don’t. I’m sure that many are great husbands and are more faithful to their wives than some men who claim to be Christian. Nevertheless, the teaching of the Bible and the example of Jesus Christ are very different from that of the Qur’an and Muhammad’s example. Be sure and read Ephesians 5:25-28.
We’re all sinners. If you are a husband and have ever committed the sin of physically or emotionally harming your wife—there is forgiveness through Jesus. The prophet Isaiah spoke of this hundreds of years before Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary:
5But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
6We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.