Saudi Marriage Expert Advises Men in 'Right Way' to Beat Their Wives

Posted Nov 3, 2007 by Chris V. Thangham
A Saudi marriage expert gives advices to young Muslim men on how to treat their wives. He said beat them if necessary, beat them light with a tooth pick and don't beat them hard and damage their faces.
Map of Saudi Arabia
Map of Saudi Arabia
Dr. Muhammad Al-‘Arifi has a television show that is shown to Saudi and Kuwait audience. He counsels young Muslim men on how to treat their wives. He tells them to admonish their wives first when the situation goes out of hand. If that doesn’t work even after admonishing them ten times, then refuse to share beds with them.
If the second method doesn’t work, the cleric recommends “beating them”. He said that is the right way.
He gets compassionate and then says don’t hit your wives on the face, that is a no-no. He said beating in the face is forbidden even against the animals.
Even if you want your camel or donkey to start walking, you are not allowed to beat it in the face. If this is true for animals, it is all the more true when it comes to humans. So beatings should be light and not in the face."
You can watch the whole show here (watch this in Internet Explorer, Firefox doesn't play this media), has English translations.
He says the man can beat her with a tooth pick, he shows a different tooth pick than what we have here. He said it is meant to point her mistakes only not beat her savagely with other objects.
He said in the show that husbands should beat their wives light and not make her face ugly by beating hard, slapping her left and right. He continued and said unfortunately men beat their wives when they get mad and punch them like they punch the wall. He cautioned Young Muslim men to remember that their wives are a human being they are beating and it is forbidden to hit them hard.
Wonder how many of them like him are preaching such stuff and how many are listening and find this is acceptable. As if they need an approval to beat their wives.