Following are excerpts
from a religious program featuring Egyptian cleric Yousuf Al-Badri,
which aired on BBC Arabic TV, which aired on October 16, 2010:
In Islam, the marriage contract is a contract of pleasure, which allows
both husband and wife to derive pleasure from one another. So if deriving
pleasure lies at the core of the contract, how can we possibly call
it rape when a husband derives pleasure from his wife?!
if it is against her will, using violence?
According to the hadith, if a husband summons his wife and she
refuses – she incurs the wrath of God in Heaven when she's asleep.
The husband is not allowed to rape her, but she incurs the wrath of
Allah. The Prophet Muhammad said that she must come to him even if she
is baking by the stove or riding a horse.
marriage of contract is not a deed of ownership, in which the woman
relinquishes her honor, her mind, and so on.
This talk about honor is a new thing. We never heard of it until these
days. If a woman is at home with her husband, and she is his companion
and runs the household, and he asks her to give him food, drink, and
so on – how can we possibly consider it rape when he derives pleasure
from her, even if she doesn't feel like it, of if she abhors it... How
can we possibly consider it a kind of what is called "rape"?
This is not true.
his wife! Do you justify beatings or sadistic behavior?
Islam forbids beating unless it is done with a stick – a stick the
size of a pencil or a toothpick.