Wife beating okay says senior Islamic leader

Published: 23 February 2017 Image credit: The Bolt Report

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Muslim community leader Keysar Trad has come under immense scrutiny after saying an angry husband can beat his wife as ‘a last resort’.

The controversial president of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils was speaking to Andrew Bolt on The Bolt Report when the Sky News presenter quoted a verse from the Koran.

Bolt quoted the line that reads, ‘It is permissible for him (the husband) to beat her (the wife) light with his hands.’

It is not the first time the Muslim leader has found himself in the headlines for controversial comments… He has previously called for polygamy in Australia.

Mr Trad said he had studded the Koran with ‘a number of Islamic scholars’ to reach the conclusion about the beating of a wife.

He tried to play it down, saying husbands first needed to consider gifts like flowers or chocolates.

“If you come home and you are really, really angry. We’ve seen many men act violently towards their women.

“This verse is saying really, is playing on the psychology of the man saying violence is a last resort,” he said Wednesday.

“Before you even consider using your hand, before you consider any act of violence have checked box number one which is counselling?”

The Muslim leader then went on to say that check box number two was figuring out what counselling entailed. And that next time the man should consider bringing his wife a bunch of flowers, or maybe a box of chocolates.

A visibly irate Andrew Bolt was shaking his head throughout, and interrupted to sarcastically suggest that beating the wife if she didn’t see sense was the next logical step.

“Maybe you should beat her if she doesn’t see any sense. Beat her. That’s what this says. Beat them. I’m reading the Koran,” Bolt said.

“I understand what you’re saying but what I would say to you is a good person would never get to that step,” Mr Trad said in response.

The terse conversation is sure to spark another round of public condemnation for the Muslim leader, who has never been afraid to speak out.