It has been revealed today via the media, that a self styled Islamic cleric has endorsed Islamic men to rape and beat their wives. He made these horrifying comments to a group of his male worshippers here in Melbourne during a speech he was delivering titled ” The Keys to a Successful Marriage”, which can be viewed on You Tube http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=M2z_2dMecFM
He states that husbands, under Islamic Law have the right to demand sex from their wives whenever they felt like it and beat their wives as long as the beating did not result in bleeding or bruising!!!! He also ridicules Australia’s criminal laws, which require consent for sex to be lawful.
I am not suggesting that this cleric is in any way representing the views of Islam in general. He is a radical with his own views, similarly found in many religions and sects. The concern about this is how many Islamic men, particularly the young and impressionable males are heeding his words and acting on them and why has the Islamic community here in Australia not condemned his views?
Through my work , I have met many Islamic men and found them to be respectful and gracious. It is these men, good husbands and fathers, who are going to feel the fall out because of this misogynistic self styled cleric.
Rape is rape, there is no grey area. Whether that be in the marital bed or not. A woman’s body is her own and she alone is free to choose with whom she has sex- husband or not.