The national television of Saudi Arabia released a video back in February. The video made it to the United States in April, and has been causing quite a controversy. The government-approved video shows an Islamic doctor explaining to any male viewers how to “properly” beat their wives. Wife beating is a controversial topic by itself, especially in the Islamic religion. According to The Free Thought Project, Islam both prohibits and approves wife beating. The video, while giving wife beating a thumbs-up, tries to still be moderate.
The content of the video features the doctor who is said to specialize in therapy; Khaled Al-Saqaby teaching men how to ‘properly’ beat their wives if their [wives] disobey them.
According to Al-Saqaby, husbands should not immediately attack their wives, but should discipline them ‘properly’ first. He then makes it clear that in marriage, there is nothing like equality, and that men should take charged and rule the home.
In an event where women disobey their husbands, Al-Saqaby teaches in the video that the men should follow the steps below in making sure that the women are corrected.
“The first step is to remind her of your rights and of her duties according to Allah. Then comes the second step – forsaking her in bed.
The third step, beating, has to correspond with the necessary Islamic conditions” before taking action. The beating should not be performed with a rod, nor should it be a headband, or a sharp object.
Instead, husbands should use a ‘tooth-cleaning twig or with a handkerchief’ to beat their wife. The wife will feel that she was wrong in the way she treated her husband,” says Al-Saqaby.
So you can beat your wife, but only with a toothpick or a napkin. What’s really interesting is how this can be considered progressive, as far as Saudi Arabia is concerned.
On another note, I believe I found the video on YouTube. Enjoy… I guess?