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Lying, Hitting Your Wife and Jihad: Just Another Day in a Moderate Mosque

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Posted on April 18 2011 5:29 pm
Kim Edwards is citizen journalist who writes at Not My Prophet. You can also follow her on twitter at @Kim_AE.

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So now we are to understand that men and women are not equal because Allah has made them different and blessed them in individual ways each with their own attributes.  Doesn’t that sound lovely?  But we also now know the appropriate times and circumstances to “lightly” hit a woman when she disobeys her husband and “wants to remove her hijab, wants to walk on the streets, wants to do whatever she wants.”  The imam helpfully gives us the relevant Qur’an verses so we will be rightly guided by Allah, because Allah knoweth best.

Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted, Great.
–Qur’an Surah An-Nisa(women) chapter 4 verse 3

We are told in the video that Muslim women wear the hijab because they want to and not because they’re “oppressed.”  What Imam Fayed doesn’t seem to find ironic is that five minutes later he gives us examples of when you should “punish” your wife, which includes if she “wants to take off her hijab.”

Another thing to note in this video is when the imam speaks about the distinct good deeds that Muslim women and Muslim men can do for Allah.  He quite clearly says that the best act a man can perform for Allah is to give up his life in jihad, and that women having children is an equally great deed for Allah.  He isn’t advocating for suicide bombing, but he is confirming that in the Qur’an Allah considers it the best thing a person can do.  If you missed it I would suggest watching the video again so you can get the full context to go with his remarks.

This video completely belies the narrative that the politically correct elite have been pushing: that “jihad” just means a “personal struggle.”  This imam is not someone that people would normally consider “militant” or “radical” but rather a “moderate.” Yet he confirms what the anti-Shariah, anti-Islamofascism crowd has been saying for years.   The radicals and the supposed “moderates” are all following the same playbook; the majority of Muslims want the same ends, they just don’t take the same road to get there.

I’m not going to give you the much overused line that “not every Muslim lies about their religion and not every Muslim man hits his wife” because I think it would be a little insulting to assume you don’t already know that or can’t think for yourself.  What I will say, is that when Imam Fayed said to lie about Islam and that it is permitted to hit your wife, no one objected.  Not one man in that room full of Western educated men, many of whom (we learn from the video) are employed at one of the biggest computer software companies in the world, ever protested or objected to this kind of behavior being condoned in the United States in the 21st century.

Not. One.

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