Newsletter #191 – Importing religiously and culturally sanctioned violence against Muslim women

Imams in Tennessee are trained in Middle Eastern countries that impose sharia law. A quarter of a million migrants from Muslim-majority countries are allowed to immigrate to the U.S. annually.

Sharia is Islamic law. The leftist Huffington Post explains: “[t]here are two sources of Shariah: The Quran, which many Muslims consider to be the literal word of God; and the ‘Sunnah,’ the divinely guided tradition of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.”

The English translation of sharia law called “The Reliance of the Traveller, A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law,” (on-line and posted in the Documents tab above), has been authenticated by Al Ahzar University, the preeminent teaching center of sharia law.



An Egyptian imam says that husbands disciplining Muslim wives are following Muhammad’s example:

“A good woman, even if beaten by her husband, puts her hand in his and says: ‘I will not rest until you are pleased with me.’ This is how the Prophet Muhammad taught his women to be.”

Section o17.4 of the sharia law manual says that a husband may punish a wife who refuses to have sex with him:

“A husband is entitled to discipline his wife for not giving him his rights [to sex]”



Section m10.12 of the sharia law manual says that hitting is for the “rebellious” wife:

“…answers him coldly when she used to do so politely, or he asks her to come to bed and she refuses, contrary to her usual habit; or whether in acts, as when he finds her averse to him when she was previously kind and cheerful…”

“If she commits rebelliousness, he keeps from sleeping (O: and having sex) with her without words, and may hit her, but not in a way that injures her, meaning he may not (A: bruise her,) break bones, wound her, or cause blood to flow.”

In this video, the former President of Al Ahzar University who is also the former Mufti of Egypt says the West has tried to use the issue of sharia wife beating to stop the popular spread of Islamic culture. He explains wife beating:

“By Allah, even if only one woman out of a million can be reformed by light beatings… It’s not really beating, it’s more like punching… It’s like shoving or poking her. That’s what it is.”

Saudi cleric explains wife beating to young Muslims

Bahraini imam says beatings are in the Quran, they are “indispensable” and they are for wives and children

Egyptian cleric says wife beating only permitted when she refuses to have sex with her husband

“Honor” the highest priority in U.S. Muslim communities?

A 2015 study commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice identified four types of honor violence – forced marriages, honor-based domestic violence, honor killing, and female genital mutilation. The report found that “in North America, 91 percent of victims were murdered for being ‘too westernized’” and, that “fathers were involved 100 percent of the time when the daughter victim was 18 years or younger.”

A 2000 national survey by the North American Council of Muslim Women confirmed that domestic violence occurs in at least 10% of Muslim homes which is comparable to national demographics. But the survey documented that Muslim women face cultural barriers like family honor that prevented them from seeking help. The Peaceful Families Project, looking at domestic abuse in U.S. Muslim communities published data including:

  • 51% of 1324 pregnant Pakistani women and 60.6% of 1800 Iranian women suffered, verbal, physical or sexual abuse prior to and/or during their pregnancies
  • 6% of 2677 Bengali women ages 13-40 experienced domestic violence
  • 41% of 190 Muslim women suffered either verbal, emotional, physical and sexual abuse

So when political Islamists in the U.S. tell us that Muslims living here are different than the ones “over there,” does that include the ones from “over there” who are now living here?

American Muslims: Is There A Different Mohammed? A Different Quran? A Different Sira? A Different Hadith? A Different Allah? A Different Sharia Law?