Trudeau meets with religious leader who legalizes wife beating under certain conditions

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met on Monday, October 17, 2016, with the Caliph, the Supreme religious leader, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad. “It was a pleasure to meet with the Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community,” Trudeau Tweeted.


Ahmadiyya is an Islamic religious movement founded in Punjab, British India, near the end of the 19th century. It originated with the life and teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835–1908), who claimed to be the promised Messiah and Mahdi awaited by Muslims. The mainstream Muslim groups argue that Ahmadiyya does not represent Islam and regard its believers as apostates.

Caliph of Ahmadiyya on wife beating


In a Friday sermon in 2004 dealing with the “Relationship of Husband and Wife”, the Caliph, the Supreme religious leader, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, said among other things the following (originally in Urdu):

The responsibility of the man… [the husband] as the supervisor [and] the head of the family, it is the responsibility of the man that he has to keep an eye on the environment that is being cultivated in the house. He has to fulfill the rights of the wife and the rights of the children… Only then he will be earn the status of being the head of the family…

When the punishments are mentioned [in the Quran] it is conditional. There are conditions when they are fulfilled only then those punishments will be allowed and then would be very seldom a woman amongst the Ahmadis who would deserve that punishment.

So instead of making excuses men should try to fulfill their responsibilities as said in the holy Quran [Chapter Name:An-Nisa, Verse No:34]:

الرِّجَالُ قَوَّامُونَ عَلَى النِّسَاء بِمَا فَضَّلَ اللّهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَى بَعْضٍ وَبِمَا أَنفَقُواْ مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ فَالصَّالِحَاتُ قَانِتَاتٌ حَافِظَاتٌ لِّلْغَيْبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ اللّهُ وَاللاَّتِي تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ وَاهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِي الْمَضَاجِعِ وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ فَإِنْ أَطَعْنَكُمْ فَلاَ تَبْغُواْ عَلَيْهِنَّ سَبِيلاً إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ عَلِيًّا كَبِيرًا {34

[Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has made one of them to excel the other, and because they spend (to support them) from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient (to Allah and to their husbands), and guard in the husband’s absence what Allah orders them to guard (e.g. their chastity, their husband’s property, etc.). As to those women on whose part you see ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful), but if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance). Surely, Allah is Ever Most High, Most Great.]

In that verse of the holy Quran Allah Almighty says men have been made supervisors upon women…

The pious women are obedient. They safeguard what Allah has admonish them to safeguard.

And for those women from whom you fear that they are rebellious then reprimand them… Allah Almighty says, first admonish them and then leave them alone in their beds and then if it continues then you can punish them.

But if they turn to obedience then do not look for excuses against them…

Allah Almighty says that if woman rectifies her behaviour then do not look for excuses to punish her…

If the woman continues in a rebellion only then you are allowed to punish her, not that at every little thing you slap her or you pick up the stick…”

The book “Islam on Marital Rights” by Sheikh Mubarak Ahmad, Chief of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission in East Africa, provides practical guidance for married couples. The following are excerpts from the book which appears on Ahmadiyya’s website:

Men have been allowed a degree of superiority over women… for the smooth running of

family life, man has been made the head of the household and in that sense placed above the women…

The Duties of Women…

The wife’s second duty is that she should be obedient to and co-operative with her husband and give him the respect…

Many wives do not consider it necessary to be docile and obedient to their husbands and insist on imposing their own wishes on them and want their husband to play the second fiddle. This is not correct. A good wife must obey her husband

Wife’s Ideal Qualities…

The wife should not allow anyone into the house whom the husband does not like…

The wife must not go out of the house without the permission of her husband

But in all other matters [except ordering to commit a sin] she must obey. If she does not do so she will be deemed disobedient, and the husband will be entitled to take disciplinary action against her in the manner and within the limits as prescribed by the Holy Quran for such cases. It says:

And for those (wives) on whose part you fear disobedience, admonish them and leave them alone in their beds, and chastise them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them.” (4:35)

Steps in respect of the above command have to be taken with the greatest care and due consideration. By leaving them alone in their beds does not mean perpetual separation. In the case of a very stubborn woman, who does not mend herself as a result of separation, which in no case should exceed four months, the husband should take recourse by giving a bit of corporal punishment. But this must be the last recourse.

The Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) has given very clear instructions on this point. He has advised that the punishment should be light, so light that it must not leave any mark on the body. And he has positively forbidden slapping ones wife on the face…

It is also reported that once the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “If a husband invites his wife to his bed and she refuses, the angels keep cursing her the whole of the remaining night.”

Calling upon the women to realize their duty of obedience to their husbands, the Promised Messiah (a.s.) once said, “For the woman it is imperative that she should obey her husband

A very important duty of women is prescribed by the Holy Quran in the following verse:

And stay in your houses with dignity.” (33, 43)…

This verse, therefore, calls upon the Muslim women to restrain their activities to their homes and not to go outside without a valid reason

The above Quranic injunction demands that women should mostly confine themselves to their houses…

It is wrong to conclude from the above sayings that the woman is totally barred from stepping out of the house.

Nevertheless, it is incorrect to hold that it is a part of a woman’s duty to go out and earn her own living by working in offices and factories. The true sphere of her activities is certainly her house…

Thus it is the mans responsibility to provide the necessities of life for his family and children, for if the woman is engaged in earning the daily bread, who will look after the family and the household chores? Who will rear and bring up the children and fashion their character in the proper manner?”

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