Source: Duluth News Tribune
During a discussion with my 11-year-old daughter on the subject of respect and the status of women in Islam, the conversation turned to the issue of domestic violence. When I told my daughter that critics of Islam allege the Quran encourages men to beat women she looked at me in sheer disbelief. I asked her to read the verse 4:35, which advises men, “And as for those on whose part you fear disobedience, admonish them, and leave them alone in their beds, and chastise them.” In some versions of Quran, the Arabic word “dharabu-hunna” in this verse is translated as “beat them” instead of “chastise them.”
My daughter shockingly whispered, “Baba, I don’t think you will ever take this advice.”
“Why not?” I played along. “I wish all men would follow this advice.”
She instantly reacted, “You don’t make sense, Baba.”
To make sense of it, let’s first analyze the issue.
According to the World Health Organization, one in three women worldwide is attacked or abused, most by their intimate partners. In America alone, every day, 1,100 women experience physical assaults and at least three women are killed by their husbands or boyfriends.
Categories: Domestic violence