A VILE imam in the US has been filmed saying husbands can beat their wives as a form of punishment when they have “misbehaved”.
The footage released by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) claims to show the Michigan-based Shiite imam Bassem al-Sheraa “educating” students” on the role of “wife-beating”.
The imam tells a class at the Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre in Detroit that a “beating” should be given out without causing pain or any red markings but should be used as a reminder that she “misbehaved in cases when words [of admonishment] do not make her change her ways”.
He added: “It is just like when your child reaches to touch the electrical socket or a fire, what do you do? You go like that [slapping his own hand].
“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.”
The video was uploaded on May 27 this year to the Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre’s YouTube channel.
It is not the first time the imam is thought to have made controversial comments.
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
In January he said to have come under fire for what many saw as an “anti-Semitic” lecture which claimed Jews had distorted sacred texts and sanctioned the killing of prophets.
A MEMRI report said: “He accused the Jews of employing tricks and fraud in matters of religion and morality, and of amassing gold and spreading usury.”
It is also claimed he said Jews had used their “peculiar philosophy” to grab power and control the banking system and that Jewish women had founded and managed “dens of female iniquity” and run brothels in Europe.
An analyst at MEMRI told Fox News that the Sheraa immigrated to the US from Iraq but it is unclear when that was.
It is thought the imam also refers to himself as Hujjat al-Islam wal-Muslimin, meaning a Shiite source of authority.
Ryan Mauro, a director of the Clarion Intelligence Network, said: “Most Shiite Muslims in America oppose the Iranian regime, especially Iranians, but pro-regime figures hold the leadership positions.
“It is important for videos like this to be preserved for research purposes.”
The issue of domestic violence within Islam is a highly contentious issue with many strands of the religion standing against violence towards women.
In April this year a video emerged which showed cleric Abd Al-Aziz Al-Khazraj demonstrating how to "punish" a woman in accordance with Islamic law.
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