Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ireland: Judge in hot water for saying “Muslims feel they can actually beat their wives”

Anthony-HalpinNow wait a minute. The Qur’an says: “Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them.” (4:34)
Islamic apologists routinely claim that the Qur’an’s command to beat disobedient women must be applied only with the most harmless of implements — i.e., a toothstick, as per a weak hadith. However, Muhammad’s example is normative for Muslims, since he is an “excellent example of conduct” (Qur’an 33:21) — and according to a canonical hadith, Muhammad’s favorite wife, his child bride Aisha, reports that Muhammad struck her. Once he went out at night after he thought she was asleep, and she followed him surreptitiously. Muhammad saw her, and, as Aisha recounts: “He struck me on the chest which caused me pain, and then said: Did you think that Allah and His Apostle would deal unjustly with you?” (Muslim 2127) Aisha herself said it: “I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women.” (Bukhari 7.72.715)

So in sum, what Judge Anthony Halpin said was true: if there are any Muslims who take the Qur’an and Muhammad’s example seriously and act upon them, then there are Muslims who “feel they can actually beat their wives.” But telling truths of that kind is what “sparks controversy” in this silly and willfully ignorant age.
“Judge sparks controversy after saying ‘Muslims feel they can actually beat their wives’ in court case,” by Colin Brennan for the Irish Mirror, March 28 (thanks to Twostellas):
Judge Anthony Halpin has been asked to remove or clarify his comments by the Immigrant Council of Ireland
A judge has sparked controversy after saying he thinks that “Muslims feel they can actually beat their wives” while a Somali man was on trial accused of burglary at his ex-wife’s house.
Judge Anthony Halpin made the comments on Thursday in Tallaght District Court.
Khadar Younis denied breaking into his divorced wife’s home while she was sleeping in her bed.
He pleaded not guilty to breaking a protection order and being in the possession of a knife while in the house at Fernwood Avenue, Springfield, Tallaght, on May 10.
His ex-wife Kara Ibrahim told the court she wanted to drop the case against him because he was a good father but not a good husband.
There was no evidence against the the dad-of-four of a physical assault.
Judge Halpin remanded Mr Younis on continuing bail to a date in September.
The Immigrant Council of Ireland has called on  Judge Anthony Halpin to clarify or withdraw his comments….

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