by John Hawkins | November 7, 2007 6:30 am
Saudi cleric Muhammad Al-‘Arifi explains the different ways that men and women discipline each other in radical Muslim culture,
“Men beat women more often than women beat men. I said that some women beat their husbands because this happens, but it is rare, and there is no need to hold conferences on wives who beat their husbands. I believe this is less prevalent, because by nature, the body of the man… In most cases, Allah made the body of men stronger than the body of women. Therefore, you and your sister… You may be taller than your mother, right? If your mother is ill, you may be able to carry her, but she cannot carry you. Allah created women with these delicate, fragile, supple, and soft bodies, because they use their emotions more than they use their bodies. Therefore, while the man may use beating to discipline his wife, she sometimes uses her tears to discipline him. He gets what he wants by screaming, while she gets what she wants from him by crying and displaying emotions. For men, women’s emotions may be fiercer than the strike of a sword.”
Even though I’m a man, in all fairness, I do have to say that Allah gave us fellas the better side of the deal.
When we want to discipline women, we’re allowed to beat them and Allah, in his infinite wisdom, allows women to strike back at us by crying — which makes you wonder how the whole cycle of violence thing plays out with radical Muslims.
You know, the woman commits some unspeakable infraction, like going out of the house without her man’s permission, and he strikes back by beating her with a stick. Then the woman attempts, unfairly of course, to discipline the man by crying. Well, can the man really take that sort of attack lying down when it’s “fiercer than the strike of a sword?” No way! So, he has to beat her again and then she cries again, rinse and repeat, until someone finally surrenders. But, given how stubborn some of these radical Islamists can be (See the Palestinians who would rather blow up their children than live in peace with the Jews), you have to figure the wailing and swinging sticks never stops in some of these Saudi households.
PS: Do you ever suspect that one of the reasons that radical Islamists get so fanatical about their religion is because they love the fact that it allows them to have complete control over their women? Their women can’t go out in public without their approval, have to hide their faces in front of other men, men can rape women with virtual impunity under Sharia law, and can make their women as dependent on them as a pet. Joining the modern world would mean they’d lose that control and so it’s weirdbeards, jihad, and black turbans for them.
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