Fatwa Controversy: Woman Can Beat Drunk Husband

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(Illustrative Photo: Pixabay)
(Illustrative Photo: Pixabay)

A radio show in Morocco was shut down for a month over a controversial fatwa given on air.

The suspension came after the station received a phone call from a listener inquiring if, according to sharia law, she is allowed to beat her husband when he comes home drunk. (Drinking alcohol is forbidden by sharia law.)

An imam who was being hosted by the private station as part of a question and answer session responded by saying, “On your good health, hit him and may God protect you, the only thing that is appropriate in this situation is to beat him.”

Because of his response, the station was given the one-month suspension by Morocco’s High Authority on Audio and Visual Communication, who said “the tone of the preacher is encouraging violence, which is against the law and can cause damage to society’s health. Nobody on the program took measures to stop what he was saying, as it should be done on live programming.”

The communications authority said that the show, titled “Fatwas of Fiqh,” violated the legal terms of the station’s broadcast agreement.


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Ran Meir

Ran Meir is Clarion Project's Arab affairs analyst and a Shillman Fellow. He can be reached at [email protected]

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