Canada: Senior Imam mocks the Western idea of “marital rape”



Sheik Houssein Muhammad Amer (حسين محمد عامر) is the Imam of Centre Aljisr (مركز الجسر الإسلامي) in Laval, Quebec also a member of Quebec council of Imams.

In a lecture at Al-Rawdah Mosque in Montreal (published on September 2, 2015), Imam Houssein Amer mocked the Western idea of “marital rape” and explained the differences between the West and Islam in this regard.

The following are excerpts of Houssein Amer’s speech (originally in Arabic):

“According to the Western view, the woman who is a spouse – her husband is not allowed to force her to have sex with him. It is forbidden. Why? Because, this is her freedom [of choice]. They [the West] werethe first to establish the term of “marital rape”. Is it possible that a husband rapes his wife? Yes. He forces her to have sex with him. It is forbidden. Mistake. She may complain. Glory be to Allah.

“At the same time, some of our brothers, the preachers, told a story that happened in Germany. A German brother converted to Islam. His wife remained German [non-Muslim], and she defied him by bringing her lover to the house. Afterwards, the issue developed into a sexual intercourse. He hit her lover. She called the Police. The wife called the Police, told them: my lover has been attacked in my home. As you have rights in home I also have rights in home. When the Police arrived and listened to both sides, the Policeman told him [the husband]: The Law does not ban her, and you cannot ban her from having any sexual activity even with somebody else. Are you upset? Do the same like her. There is no power but in Allah.

“They [the West] made no difference even between the legitimate aspect [sex within marriage] which we have discussed and which serves as a guarantee from the this disease [HIV] and the sex outside marriage, Glory be to Allah, Glory be to Almighty Allah.

And worse than that, they opened the other issues, such as homosexuality, man with man, woman with woman, and nowadays a man can go with a man to a church and a priest marries them. Some brothers say: let them live in halal [legitimate status]. They live together in contradiction to the [Islamic] Law, Glory be to Allah. I’m saying that the proper moral approach is that there is freedom [of choice] but within the Islamic Law, within the Islamic Law. You are a free-person in your subjugation to Almighty Allah.”

In previous sermon (published on December 31, 2010) Imam Houssein Amer justified the wisdom of wife beating in Islam (“not severely”) as a last resort and as an act of education in case the husband fails to convince his wife to return to the right path of Islam.

Here is an excerpt of Amer’s sermon (originally in Arabic):

“The Prophet [Muhammad], peace be upon him, says: if they [wives] do so, then, [the husbands should] beat them but not severely [Muslim 1218]. Some people argue, when they hear this text, that the Islamic Law permitted wife beating, and other people say, when hearing it, that Islam oppresses the wife by allowing the husband to beat her.”

“My brothers and my loved ones, the beating in Islam is a type of education, and it is said that it is the last resort [literally “the last medicine”, meaning a medicine that is administered after all others failed to cure the illness as it is said in the hadith:] the last medicine is burning [the skin with fire].”

“The West prohibits the beating for the purpose of education and this is the position that was taken there. However, the truth is otherwise. The beating is a type of education… the beating is used after exhausting all effective and successful [possible] solutions and [it turned out that] there is no treatment without it.”

“The Koran referred to the beating in the context of a series of treatment saying: But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them [Surat An-Nisā’, 34].”

“This is the case regarding the wife if you are right, and she should be admonished, her husband should remind her his rights over her and she should return to her Lord Almighty. In case that the admonition and the advice fail in dealing with her, he [the husband] has to abandon the bed, meaning to distance himself from her, to snub her, to avoid touching her to the point that he will not dream on her, and if the estrangement fails the beating [of the wife] is permitted, as the Prophet said: not severe beating.”

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