If you would like to view the video I now have it uploaded to PopModal and you may view it there. (I’ve tried to embed the video to this post but the video hosting site and the blog hosting site don’t seem to get along, my apologies.)
This video was taken from a “Da’wah (Proselytizing) Workshop” given by Imam Wassim Fayed, held at the Sammamish Mosque in Washington State and the focus of this ten minute segment is dispelling the “Misconceptions in Islam”. The “misconception” that we are learning about is the completely ridiculous lie that Islam oppresses women. In this video the Imam is explaining to his parishioners that Islam doesn’t oppress women because Allah gives men and women different rights. And then at about the 8:00 minute mark he quotes the Qur’an on how to “discipline” your disobedient wife. If you can’t speak sense to her and after you refuse her your bed (gee, what a punishment) and still she disobeys you, well, then you can hit her. But don’t worry, this is a command from Allah and Allah knoweth best.
“Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them
to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the
support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret
that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear
rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge
them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is
ever High, Exalted, Great.”
Qur’an Surah An-Nisa(women) chapter 4 verse 34
I wonder if the local city council, who is currently considering letting this group build onto their property, would like to hear about their flagrant disregard of State and Federal Laws regarding spousal abuse. I’m guessing one call from a CAIR representative about “Islamophobia” in America would squash any potential outrage. I’ll also be expecting a very strong condemnation from the National Organization of Women…. any minute now….
UPDATE: Well that didn’t take very long.
It looks like Imam Wassim Fayed has claimed a “copyright” on the video clips I uploaded to YouTube so they were taken down… Fair enough. It’s probably a good thing that I also transcribed the relevant part of the video so while it would have been nice to get the full context of the video, the point comes across just fine when you read his words…
@1:23:30 “Now why does the Qur’an says that men can beat the women? Allah was very, very clear in that there’s one instance and it has, and you have to understand it’s not everyman can beat up his woman he comes home he, he taste the soup, the soup is not salty he slaps his wife on the face, is why the soup is too salty. That’s not what Islam teaches, Islam doesn’t teach us this, unfortunately there are uneducated men that do that in Islam right, we don’t deny that, you can’t go and start to deny, it does happen, it’s gonna happens. But what does Islam teaches what the Qur’an says? (quotes in arabic) Even though men and women are not equal, Allah favors them in different ways, there has to be one person in charge, the one who is in charge in the house is the man, that’s how Allah favored man over women in this aspect, he favored women in different aspect, but this is one of the aspects Allah favored men over women he made them in charge of the house, one person need to be the leader. And it can’t be both of them, like two people are competing who’s the boss, it has to be one boss one leader, (quotes Qur’an in arabic) with Allah has favored one of them over the other, this is an example (points to screen) of how Allah favored men over women (quotes Qur’an arabic) and because of what they have spent, from their wealth.”
@1:26:00 “And those you fear who are going astray, (quotes Qur’an) the first thing what do you do? You advise them, you think your women, if your woman wants to remove her hijab, wants to walk on the streets, wants to do whatever she wants and she’s actually destroying the family structure, destroying the family life, she’s disobeying her husband, she’s harming her kids. What do you do? You advise her, you start talking to her and trying to make sense out of her, she refuse, she st(ray?) and she wants to go, and she wants to insist to keep doing what she’s doing? (quotes Qur’an) After that you leave them you don’t approach them, at night in the bed, you stay away from them and you punish them. You basically, Allah says what? First talk to them, then put them in time out. But then if they insisted? Well (arabic) then you hit them. And then the Hadith from Prophet, be very gentle, you don’t go and beat them up and you bruise them and you let the blood come out of them, that is not what Islam teaches. And then if it’s not gonna work, divorce is a second aspect, Allah has put a way out.”
If you would like to view the original video it is still posted on YouTube and wasn’t removed from the Imam’s account, you may find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc_E2bEQ5ck