Wife Beating: A Measure to Deal with Marital Disharmony or a License for Misconduct
The Islamic Culture Research Quarterly & Refered Journal Karachi, Volume 28, Issue 2013
Posted: 21 Dec 2012 Last revised: 16 Dec 2013
Date Written: December 20, 2012
Wife beating is not a new phenomena rather it has been practiced from pre historic times till date. It is a kind of gender base violence practiced by husband in all over the world especially in Muslim societies. It is due to misunderstanding about the position of women in Islam, the presence of injustice and malpractices in contemporary Muslim societies. The reasons for denying women’s rights in Pakistani society could be summed up as lack of education, ignorance about Islamic teachings, feudal and tribal cultural traditions, male dominated patriarchal attitudes, poverty, unemployment and misinterpretations regarding precise teachings of Qur’an and Sunnah. There are many misconceptions regarding the stance of Islam on wife beating as well. It is commonly understood that Islam gives permission for wife beating in the Quranic verse 4:34. This article will describe the relationship between husband and wife in the light of Quranic verse 4:34 and will explore the sanctions of wife beating and its dimensions. Furthermore, it will aim to remove misunderstandings and prejudged opinions related to the concerned issue, in the light of Qur’an and Sunnah.
Keywords: wife beating, marital disharmony, Shariah Compatibility, Quranic Sanctions
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