Perhaps the most commonly misquoted and misunderstood verse of the Holy Qu’ran is Surah 4:34. Many muslims and non-muslim misinterpretate this verse. In this article we shall study the meaning of this verse by explaining the crucial arabic words in question correct. Further we shall interpretate this passage in the light of the authentic sunnah of our beloved Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Surah 4:34 reads:
Men are “qawwamuna” over women, because God has given some more than others, and because they support them from their means, and the righteous women are the truly devout ones [ God fearing ] , who guard in their husbands absence the intimacy which God has ordained to be guarded. And as for those women whose “nushuz” you have reason to fear, remind them [ of God and His teachings ] ; [ next ] then leave them alone in bed; then [ as a last resort ] “hit” them; and if thereupon they pay you heed, do not seek to harm them. Behold, God is indeed most high, great ! [ Surah 4:34 ]
The BBC show Panorama, through secret filming, has found that Shari’ah courts are not helping women in domestic violent situations.
The Telegraph states: “85 councils operating in mosques and houses across the country has revealed that the courts, which are run by sharia councils, are ruling in favour of men meeting estranged wives or having access to children when they have found to have been abusive”
Assalaamu ‘alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,
Below is the list of masaajid who have said they will contribute to this event by delivering a khutbah on domestic violence on Friday the 22nd of March 2013:
Sometimes accepting what Allah has decided for us is hard; very hard for those who have been in trials and tribulations for a lengthy period. This is not one of those articles which accentuates that this is the will of Allah and you must be patient to get through it, no. Tawakkul not only means to put your trust in Him, but to trust that He will PROTECT, STRENGTHEN, AND EMPOWER YOU. For that to result, you would need to maintain your tawakkul, as He can be your savior.
Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘ala Rasulillah
As-Salaam Alaikum Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu
It is with great honour that I have become a Patron with such an amazing and relevant organization such as “Nour Domestic Violence,” in order to better shed light to the situation of domestic violence within our community. Our Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best of you is the one who is best towards his wife, and I am the best of you towards my wives.” (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi) I would like to think that all believing men and women would resort to our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) as the best of examples, and if so it is imperative that we establish ourselves upon his teachings. Unfortunately domestic violence has become a closet issue which people are afraid to speak out against for many reasons, but ultimately our women and children suffer the most because of it. As a man, I feel it my duty to lend support to those who would like to end domestic tyranny and oppression and better support the construction of healthy family units. May Allah make things easy for all those who are suffering and grant “Nour Domestic Violence,” the tawfeeq to work sincerely for His sake. Ameen
Waalikum As-Salaam Wa-Rahmatullahi Wa-Barakatuhu