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Dar al-Iftaa says Sharia forbids all domestic abuse, implores men to treat wives well

Egypt’s Dar al-Iftaa stressed on Tuesday that the Islamic Sharia has enjoined the husband and wife to treat each other kindly, and the Prophet Mohamed made the standard of goodness in husbands based on their treatment to their wives.

The Prophet said: “The best of you is the one who is best to his wife, and I am the best of you to my wives.”

Therefore, the approach of the Prophet, as told by his own wife Aisha, is: “God’s Messenger (Prophet Mohamed) never beat anyone with his hand, neither a woman nor a servant.”

Commenting on the spread of domestic violence footage across social media, Dar al-Iftaa said that some have misinterpreted this verse – ‘As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them, refuse to share their beds, beat them- as justification for abuse.

Explained that this understanding contradicts the Prophet’s own ways. It added that the verse is not intended to harm or insult the wife, and this is consistent with what was authentically narrated about the Prophet who forbade beating women by saying: “Do not beat God’s handmaidens.”

Dar Al-Iftaa said that no man is more knowledgeable about the purposes and provisions than the Prophet himself, and stressed that the rules of Islamic Sharia law oppose any physical and psychological harm against wives, as marital life must be based on love and mercy.

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