Paul Cooper

Children Under Sharia Law, Part 5: UAE Declares Wife-Beating and Child Abuse Okay Under Sharia

Posted on October 19 2010 10:00 am
Paul Cooper is a husband and father above all else. With a wife and 2 daughters he could use a dog, but sadly he only owns a cat – a female cat no less. Paul is also a pastor, blogger, and business owner. Find him on Twitter.

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The Sharia Standard for Innocence.

It would be foolish to say that all Muslim men beat their wives and kids.

Nonetheless, in at least one supposedly progressive Islamic region, it is now officially okay for any Muslim male to do just that. The only stipulation is that you don’t leave any bad looking marks or bruises.  In other words, if we don’t see evidence of abuse, you can hurt your wife and children anyway you see fit.

No blood, no foul.

In fact, it might be the way every good Muslim man should discipline his wife and kids.

The United Arab Emirates are considered by many to be a comparatively liberal area in the Middle East.  The UAE has recently been known to promote women’s education and involvement in business and politics.  The federation of seven Islamic states has many progressive laws and is filled with foreign expatriates.  But when it comes to upholding Sharia law, the Emirates are far from modern.

This past week UAE courts heard a case on a man who had beaten up his wife and 23 year old daughter. The supreme court said the man should not have left bruises, but that all men do have the right to discipline their wives and non-adult children by physically hurting them.  As long as they don’t leave marks of violence, under Sharia law they are more than welcome to harm their kids and spouse.  You see in Sharia law, husbands have the right (and some would say responsibility) to beat down their family members as long as a court doesn’t consider it too severe.

Although the [law] permits the husband to use his right [to discipline], he has to abide by the limits of this right.  If the husband abuses this right to discipline, he cannot be exempted from punishment. – chief justice Falah al-Hajeri

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