July 19, 2016

Understanding Islam XXVII: Domestic Sharia and Political Ideology

As I’ve said clearly numerous times before, Islam is not just a religion. It is a complete culture with a detailed political system and legal code. The legal code is Sharia. Muhammad preached the religion of Islam for approximately 13 years in Mecca and got 150 Arabs to convert to Islam. He went to Medina and became a politician and a warlord. After 2 years in Medina, every Jew had been murdered, enslaved, or exiled. Muhammad died with no valid enemies. This was not a religious process, but a military/political eradication process. Islam by definition is a war machine and Muhammad a warlord (guerilla militant) in the same vein as Che Guevara or Idi Amin.

Jihad mandated by Sharia is therefore political action with a religious motivation. This includes control of a household. The same tactics used on the wider human populace are also employed in the domestic setting (as if this was appropriate). Again we see Islam treating women as an “enemy of state” when they are treated solely as conquered and dominated objects. So…how does Sharia specifically require Muslim men to deal with a rebellious wife?

Sharia Reference No. m10.12 - When a husband notices signs of rebelliousness in his wife whether in words as when she 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, he warns her in words without keeping from her or hitting her, for it may be that she has an excuse. The warning could be to tell her, “Fear Allah concerning the rights you owe to me,” or it could be to explain that rebelliousness nullifies his obligation to support her and give her a turn amongst other wives, or it could be to inform her, “Your obeying me is religiously obligatory”.

If she commits rebelliousness, he keeps from sleeping (having sex) with her and refuses to speak to her, and may hit her, but not in a way that injures her, meaning he may not bruise her, break bones, wound her, or cause blood to flow. It is unlawful to strike another’s face. He may hit her whether she is rebellious only once or whether more than once, though a weaker opinion holds that he may not hit her unless there is repeated rebelliousness.

Sira Ishaq 969 - He [Muhammad] also told them men had rights over their wives and women had rights over their husbands. The wives were never to commit adultery or act in a sexual manner toward others. If they did, they were to be put in separate rooms and beaten lightly. If they refrained from what was forbidden, they had the right to food and clothing. Men were to lay injunctions on women lightly for they were prisoners of men and had no control over their persons. [Abu Dawud 11, 2142] Muhammad said: A man will not be asked as to why he beat his wife. [Bukhari 7.62,132] The Prophet said, “None of you should flog his wife as he flogs a slave and then have sexual intercourse with her in the last part of the day.” Most of those in Hell will be women.

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