The Qur’an teaches that men are superior to women and should beat those from whom they “fear disobedience”: “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because Allah has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them.” — Qur’an 4:34

Muhammad’s child bride, Aisha, says in a hadith that Muhammad “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?’” — Sahih Muslim 2127

Another hadith states: “Rifa`a divorced his wife whereupon `AbdurRahman bin Az-Zubair Al-Qurazi married her. `Aisha said that the lady (came), wearing a green veil (and complained to her (Aisha) of her husband and showed her a green spot on her skin caused by beating). It was the habit of ladies to support each other, so when Allah’s Messenger came, Aisha said, ‘I have not seen any woman suffering as much as the believing women. Look! Her skin is greener than her clothes!’” — Sahih Bukhari 7.77.5825

On Wife Beating In Islam: If She Is Nasty And Does Not Want To Understand – Beat Her To Instill Discipline, But Not In Public,”

Egyptian Islamic scholar Dr. Yosry Gabr explained the conditions for wife beating, saying the practice is intended to instill discipline, and not “to cause pain.” He spoke in a video that was posted on his YouTube channel on August 5, 2021….

Yosry Gabr: “I see men beating their wives in the street, or on the bus. They say: ‘But our Lord said ‘beat them.’ This is taking the words out of their context. Whoever distorts the Quran this way is a criminal. The beating that the Quran mentions is for the purpose of instilling discipline. Therefore, it must follow these conditions: It must not be painful to the body, it must not leave a mark, it must not be on the face, and never in front of other people.


“We are talking here about a disobedient wife. A disobedient wife is a wife who is condescending toward her husband, and does not want to conduct herself in a polite manner with him. In this case, he has no choice but to discipline her. The disciplining begins with admonition. [The husband] should educate her, show her affection, love her, and make her love him, so she would obey him out of love. We always say that only obedience out of love lasts. Forced obedience does not last.


“If you did all this and your wife is still condescending toward you, your wife needs to be admonished. ‘Admonish them,’ means to advise them. You should advise her once or twice, with words or with actions. Give her a present. If she has a bad day, give her a present. If she likes wearing gold [jewelry], buy her a gold ring. She would jump up with joy. Their minds are controlled by emotion… By the way, this is what makes them sweet. If your wife’s mind was controlled by reason, you would not be able to live with her, you would feel as if you married a man.


“If the admonishment does not work – ‘forsake them in bed.’ Go sleep in another room. If you have only one room, sleep in one corner while she sleeps in another. Get it? The purpose is to make her feel that you don’t really need her, that you can do without her, that her beauty does not arouse you or draw your attention. This hurts a woman’s feeling very much – to feel that her husband does not need her and does not want to look at her.


“Let’s assume that she is a nasty person and refuses to understand. In such a case, we turn to beating, but beating for the sake of instilling discipline, not in order to inflict pain.”


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