Mosque Leader Teaches ‘Wife Beating’ to Remind Women Who ‘Misbehaved’

Daveda Gruber

by Daveda Gruber:

The Middle East Media Research Institute, known to some as MEMRI, has released a video on “wife-beating” with the speaker being Imam Bassem al-Sheraa.

The Imam was “educating” students on the role of “wife-beating” while telling the class at the Az-Zahraa Islamic Center in Detroit, Michigan exactly how the act should be performed.

Referencing the the video, the Imam tells that when the Quran references such a physical act toward one’s wife, it is a “beating” that should be conducted without causing pain or any red markings.

He says that it is a reminder to the woman that she “misbehaved in cases when words (of admonishment) do not make her change her ways.”

The Imam goes on to say, “It is just like when your child reaches to touch the electrical socket or a fire, what do you do? You go like that. It is just like when your child picks up something dangerous and is about to eat it. You hit his hand like that as a reminder. That is what ‘beating’ means.”

You can see the video here:

Sheraa has made comments in the past that have brought about concern.

He claimed that Jews have distorted sacred texts and sanctioned the killing of prophets.

“He accused the Jews of employing tricks and fraud in matters of religion and morality, and of amassing gold and spreading usury.”

He is hear saying that Jews have used their “peculiar philosophy” to attain power and control the modern banking system, and that Jewish women have long founded and managed “dens of female iniquity” and ran European brothels.

Here is the video:

The video was tweeted out. Check this out:

Sheraa immigrated to the U.S. from Iraq, but it is unclear when and is the founder of the Scholarly Najaf Hawza in Michigan. He also refers to himself as Hujjat al-Islam wal-Muslimin, which means a Shiite source of authority.

The group now known as Sunnis chose Abu Bakr, the prophet Muhammad’s adviser, to become the first successor, or caliph, to lead the Muslim state. Shiites favored Ali, Muhammad’s cousin and son-in-law. Ali and his successors are called Imams, who not only lead the Shiites but are considered to be descendants of Muhammad.

Political division began the Sunni-Shia split. The Sunnis prevailed and chose a successor to be the first Caliph. Eventually, Ali was chosen as the fourth Caliph, but not before violent conflict broke out. Two of the earliest caliphs were murdered.

The two religious groups chose sides following the death of the Islamic prophet Muhammad in AD 632.

Sunnis greatly outnumber Shiites, constituting nearly 90% of the global community of Muslims. The governments of some Persian Gulf countries that include Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are Sunni. Iran and Iraq are ruled by Shiites. Syria’s regime is Alawite which is a Shiite offshoot.

These facts give light to why Saudi Arabia doesn’t get along with Iran.

There are two distinct sides of Islam and Muslims are usually born into the side that they are labeled. The different sides are considered enemies of each other. Their religious thinking is enough to build a hatred of the other.

First, if Muslims can’t even agree with each other, how will they ever compromise or assimilate into non-Muslim countries?

Next, if their leaders are teaching the Quran in American schools, what are they learning?

We’ve seen the videos of children learning about be-headings and other violence. We’ve seen changes in most of our American communities. All one has to do is go to New York City on a Friday during the ‘Muslim call for prayer’.

Good luck getting through the traffic jams caused by our Muslim neighbors.

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