A video released by the women’s branch of extreme Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia, in which two women discuss the Islamic teachings that describe ‘permitted’ ways husbands can hit their wives, has angered high profile experts.
Channel 9 journalist Ben Fordham this morning passionately condemned the “so-called” Muslim leaders that permit men to commit domestic violence.
“When you have people in positions of power spreading dangerous messages it is important to call them out,” he said on Today.
“It’s never OK to hit your wife. Never. That’s called assault.”
In the clip, first reported by The Australian, panellist Atika Latifi says that according to the Quran, a husband is “permitted, not obliged to, not encouraged, but permitted to hit [his spouse]."
Latifi then outlines that scholarly interpretations of the text - which she described as a "beautiful blessing" - suggest that "striking should be done in such a way that it should not cause harm or pain", for example with a "small stick" or "coiled scarf".