Did RK say to beat wives or did he disobey Allah?


Lets have a look at RK’s footnote for 4/34:

Do Not Beat Your Wife*
[4:34] The men are made responsible for the women,** and GOD has endowed them with certain qualities, and made them the bread earners. The righteous women will cheerfully accept this arrangement, since it is GOD’s commandment, and honor their husbands during their absence. If you experience rebellion from the women, you shall first talk to them, then (you may use negative incentives like) deserting them in bed, then you may (as a last alternative) beat them. If they obey you, you are not permitted to transgress against them. GOD is Most High, Supreme.

*4:34 God prohibits wife-beating by using the best psychological approach. For example, if I don’t want you to shop at Market X, I will ask you to shop at Market Y, then at Market Z, then, as a last resort, at Market X. This will effectively stop you from shopping at Market X, without insulting you. Similarly, God provides alternatives to wife-beating; reasoning with her first, then employing certain negative incentives. Remember that the theme of this sura is defending the women’s rights and countering the prevalent oppression of women. Any interpretation of the verses of this sura must be in favor of the women. This sura’s theme is “protection of women.”
**4:34 This expression simply means that God is appointing the husband as “captain of the ship.” Marriage is like a ship, and the captain runs it after due consultation with his officers. A believing wife readily accepts God’s appointment, without mutiny..

My comment: RK the messenger needs to make up his mind. Allah did say ‘adriboo’ (which he trannslates to mean beat). RK was in no position to say God really meant to say ‘dont beat’. The messenger’s job is to convey but in this case, he chose to speculate. Oh and messenger, the word ‘husband’ isnt even there…..

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3 Responses to Did RK say to beat wives or did he disobey Allah?

  1. bilf says:

    “Allah did say ‘adriboo’”

    Alrrijalu qawwamoona AAala alnnisai bima faddala Allahu baAAdahum AAala baAAdin wabima anfaqoo min amwalihim faalssalihatu qanitatun hafithatun lilghaybi bima hafitha Allahu waallatee takhafoona nushoozahunna faAAithoohunna waohjuroohunna fee almadajiAAi WAIDRIBOOHUNNA fain ataAAnakum fala tabghoo AAalayhinna sabeelan inna Allaha kana AAaliyyan kabeeran

    =D

    • But he didn’t say “beat”.

      =D

  2. bilf says:

    Adriboo anhuuna means “separate from them”. Idriboohuuna means “beat them”. The beating must not harm the women as per 65:6.

    But of course feel free to have your own opinions. When you completely deny understanding of Arabic and instead make up your own meanings from root words, I have no idea what to tell you =D

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