MISINTERPRETED?

QURAN 4;34 Men  are  in  charge  of  women  by  [right  of]  what Allah has  given  one  over  the  other  and what  they  spend  [for  maintenance]  from  their  wealth.  So  righteous  women  are  devoutly obedient,  guarding  in  [the  husband’s]  absence  what Allah would  have  them  guard.  But those  [wives]  from  whom  you  fear  arrogance  –   [first]  advise  them;  [then  if  they  persist], forsake  them  in  bed;  and  [finally],  strike  them.  But  if  they  obey  you  [once  more],  seek no  means  against  them.  Indeed, Allah is  ever  Exalted  and  Grand.

I WOULD SAY THIS IMAM IS FULL OF SHIITE…WHY DO MUSLIMS NEED ANY SORT OF ‘FATWA’ TO KNOW IT’S WRONG TO BEAT YOUR WIFE? ACCORDING TO THIS IMAM IT’S BECAUSE THE MISINTERPRET THIS PASSAGE FROM THE QURAN…WHAT IS MISINTERPRETED? IT CLEARLY SAYS TO STRIKE THEIR WIFE IF THE MRS. STARTS GETTING UPPITY AND OBSTINATE…I UNDERSTAND WHAT IT SAYS JUST FINE, SO DO 1 BILLION MUSLIMS.

Canadian imam Syed Soharwardy to issue fatwa against ‘honour’ killings

Feb 3, 2012 – 9:31 PM ET

Tyler Anderson/National Post files

Tyler Anderson/National Post files

Imam Syed B. Soharwardy

By Amanda Stephenson

CALGARY — A Calgary imam will take the bold step of issuing a fatwa — an official religious edict pronounced by a scholar of the Muslim faith — against honour killings and domestic abuse on Saturday.

Imam Syed Soharwardy, who is head imam at the Al-Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre as well as the founder of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, will deliver the fatwa at a mosque in Mississauga, Ont. He will be backed by more than 30 imams and Muslim scholars from across North America who want to send a strong message to other members of their faith.

“Within the Muslim community, there are a few clergy people — it’s a very small number, no doubt about it — who misinterpret the Qur’an and say it is OK to beat a wife,” Soharwardy said. “That kind of mentality has to be changed, and has to be confronted.”

Soharwardy said that while he has been doing research into the issue of misogyny in Islam for a long time, it was the recent high-profile Shafia murder trial that prompted him to take action.

Mohammad Shafia, his second wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya and the couple’s eldest son, Hamed, were found guilty of first-degree murder earlier this week in Kingston, Ont. The prosecution’s case was built around the premise that the Shafias murdered four of their relatives because they had stained the family’s “honour.”

Court handouts

Zainab Shafia, left, Sahar Shafia, top-right, and Geeti Shafia

“Those people who justify these crimes in the name of Islam, they are dead wrong,” Soharwardy said. “There is no place for these crimes in our faith.”

Soharwardy said the fatwa will contain evidence of verses in the Qur’an where mistakes in translation from the original Arabic may have led some people to believe that Islam accepts violence against women.

“In some cases, we are coming back with a translation that conflicts with the rest of our understanding of the Qur’an,” Soharwardy said. “I don’t think it’s acceptable . . . The Prophet Mohammed never did these kinds of things, he never said you can hit your wife.”

By issuing the fatwa, Soharwardy said he and other scholars also hope to make non-Muslims understand that anti-female sentiment has no place in the true teachings of Islam.

This is not the first time Soharwardy has taken a stance on a current event by issuing a formal edict. In 2010, the Calgary imam and other imams associated with the Islamic Supreme Council issued a fatwa condemning terrorist attacks by Muslim extremists.

While not legally binding, fatwas carry substantial weight within Islam, particularly with followers of the Shia branch of the faith.

Postmedia News

 

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “MISINTERPRETED?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s