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If Your Wife Bothers You Beat Her with the Rod (Egyptian Cleric)
Middle East Media Research Institute ^ | April 18, 2010

Posted on 04/18/2010 6:49:19 AM PDT by Loyalist

In a recent TV sermon, Egyptian cleric Mazen Al-Sarsawi extolled the virtues of corporal punishment to keep wives in check. Using stories from the early days of Islam to support his argument, Al-Sawsawi said that when there are marital problems, "the solution is to give the man a free hand to discipline his family members and to control them. By no means can a woman be the head [of the family]."

In the sermon, aired January 7, 2010 on the Egyptian Islamic channel Al-Nas TV, Al-Sawsawi recounted the story of Said Ibn Al-Musayyib, a 7th-century Muslim scholar known for his piety, who married off his daughter to his student, Abu Wada'. Al-Musayyib imparted to his son-in-law advice on how to deal with his new wife: 'If she bothers you – if something annoys you, or if you suspect anything – beat her on the spot with the rod. Break her head."

He continued with another story – that of Asmaa, the daughter of the Caliph Abu Bakr, whose husband Zubeir would tie her to his other wife by their hair and beat them both. When Asmaa complained to her father about this unfairness, ("he beat me black and blue, even though I didn't do a thing"), Abu Bakr's response was: "Go back to Zubeir. He is a good man, and he may become your husband in Paradise."

Al-Sarsawi blamed modern media – television and the movies – for fomenting "a revolution in domestic leadership," such that today "in many homes, the woman is the man. She tells her husband what to do, and he says: 'Yes, ma'am.'" He warned that handing over the leadership to women, who "cannot drive a car, let alone head a home, or anything beyond that," is destroying Muslim homes.

Al-Sarsawi also lashed out at women's rights supporters, saying that they hate women and "bring them down to sin." He said that women who go out to work expect equality and want to discuss everything – with the result that the home is turned "into a parliament." "Women's rights supporters in Europe and America are all swindlers," he said.

Al-Sarsawi warned that "for 50-60 years they have been using movies and TV series in order to effeminate men and make them soft. The boy grows up to be a Mickey Mouse, a mommy's boy" who when still in diapers has a cellphone, and who keeps his mother up to date on his every move. "Can someone like this ever do anything with his life?" Al-Sarsawi asks incredulously. "Of course not... Today, a boy grows up to be a sissy who cannot do anything." In the days of true Arab upbringing, in contrast, "they would throw the boy into the desert and let him grow up there, and they would not hear from him for three or four years. When he would return, he would be self-sufficient," Al-Sarsawi said.

Following are excerpts from the TV program.

To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/2422.htm.

To view the MEMRI TV page on Women's Topics, visit http://www.memri.org/subject/en/141.htm.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: domesticviolence; egypt; islam; muslims; women
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Al-Sarsawi warned that "for 50-60 years they have been using movies and TV series in order to effeminate men and make them soft.

Looking at Hollywood's crop of sissy girly-men and the schools pumping boys full of Ritalin, he does have a point.

But seriously folks...

This is the mindset my younger sister just married into (the difference without a distinction being that her husband is from Iran). God help her when he decides to bring the rules down on her.

1 posted on 04/18/2010 6:49:20 AM PDT by Loyalist
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To: Loyalist

Does Obama do this to Michele?


2 posted on 04/18/2010 6:50:44 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Loyalist

Ist his guy saying what I think he`s saying? Is he a fetish freak or something?


3 posted on 04/18/2010 6:51:18 AM PDT by bunkerhill7
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To: nmh

Can’t you tell....


5 posted on 04/18/2010 6:52:15 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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Other way around.


6 posted on 04/18/2010 6:53:52 AM PDT by Touch Not the Cat (Where is the light? Wonder if it's weeping somewhere...)
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To: nmh

I think its the other way around in that case.


7 posted on 04/18/2010 6:54:18 AM PDT by culpeper (He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people,)
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To: Loyalist

Islam and some of their clerics do have a point.


8 posted on 04/18/2010 6:54:23 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/9c/TeddyVWad.jpg)
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‘Spare the rod and spoil the child...’


9 posted on 04/18/2010 6:54:29 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Loyalist

If I tried to beat my wife with “the rod”...

...her daddy and two brothers would shoot me me with “the shotgun”.


11 posted on 04/18/2010 6:57:03 AM PDT by hoagy62 (.)
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To: nmh

Michele is the one with the muscles...


12 posted on 04/18/2010 7:00:53 AM PDT by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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To: MuttTheHoople
Rule of Thumb
13 posted on 04/18/2010 7:01:08 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Loyalist
Using stories from the early days of Islam to support his argument...

Aren't the "early days" of Islam identical to the current days of Islam, i.e., barbarism, slavery, pillage, murder, destruction, etc.?

14 posted on 04/18/2010 7:05:52 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: Loyalist
Spare the rod and spoil the infidel...
15 posted on 04/18/2010 7:05:52 AM PDT by Brofholdonow
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To: Dallas59
Oh, yeah - those “impressive arms” of hers!

LOL!

They deserve each other. It must be hell on earth in the WH. BTW, do you think Obama will be changing it to the Black House soon? Obama only uses whites as "useful idiots". Obama HATES white people.

16 posted on 04/18/2010 7:07:03 AM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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My wife advises me that should I ever decide to attempt this method of communication with her, I should skip the “rod” and go straight for a piece of re-bar, and hope I get her with the first swing...


17 posted on 04/18/2010 7:08:27 AM PDT by Bean Counter (My name is Obammymandius, King of kings: look upon my works ye mighty, and despair...)
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Mazen Al-Sarsawi...

May the last thing you see, is your wife standing over you.
May the last thing you Hear, is your wife saying, “How do I RELOAD this thing?”

Muslim Clerics prove there is a life form Below POND SCUM!


18 posted on 04/18/2010 7:12:44 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Obama ... Mein Kampf is NOT a Textbook!!)
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To: Loyalist

As per the thread title, I have always said the same thing, but what I had in mind was putting on the worst Rod Stewart album full blast.


19 posted on 04/18/2010 7:18:01 AM PDT by supremedoctrine ("Every election is like an advance auction sale of stolen goods"--H.L.Mencken)
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To: hoagy62

See my #19


20 posted on 04/18/2010 7:19:54 AM PDT by supremedoctrine ("Every election is like an advance auction sale of stolen goods"--H.L.Mencken)
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