Does Islam Allow a Man to Beat His Wife?

Surah An-Nisa:34
الرجال قوامون على النساء بما فضل الله بعضهم على بعض وبما انفقوا من اموالهم فالصالحات قانتات حافظات للغيب بما حفظ الله واللاتي تخافون نشوزهن فعظوهن واهجروهن في المضاجع واضربوهن فان اطعنكم فلا تبغوا عليهن سبيلا ان الله كان عليا كبيرا

Translation: “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.

This verse is often used to claim that a man is allowed to beat his wife. Needless to say, Islamophobes use this as proof that in Islam, women are subjugated to men.

Nouman Ali Khan explains the terms used in this verse, what they actually mean and the context that the verse is referring to. Please watch this video. I guarantee you it’s enlightening.


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