Thursday, October 14, 2010

U.K. Muslim Cleric Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed Declares That Rape Is Not Possible in Marriage

Of course, it's racist and Islamophobic for Westerners to object to such teachings.

London, Oct 14 – There cannot be rape within marriage, a Muslim cleric in Britain has ruled. A key Muslim leader in the country promptly denounced the views as ‘misguided’ and ‘inappropriate’.

‘In Islamic Sharia, rape is adultery by force. So long as the woman is his wife, it cannot be termed as rape,’ The Independent quoted cleric Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed as saying.

Men accused of raping their wives should not be prosecuted as ’sex is part of marriage’, said Sayeed, president of the Islamic Sharia Council in Britain.

He made the comments to the blog The Samosa — and reiterated them to the The Independent.

Sayeed told the website: ‘Clearly there cannot be any rape within the marriage. Maybe aggression, maybe indecent activity… Because when they got married, the understanding was that sexual intercourse was part of the marriage, so there cannot be anything against sex in marriage.

‘Of course, if it happened without her desire, that is no good, that is not desirable.’

British law makes rape within marriage illegal.

Sayeed also suggested that women who claim to have been raped by their husbands should not immediately go to the police.

‘Not in the beginning, unless we establish that it really happened. Because in most of the cases, wives… have been advised by their solicitors that one of the four reasons for which a wife can get a divorce is rape, so they are encouraged to say things like this.’

Asked how men found to have raped their wives were to be punished, he said: ‘He may be disciplined, and he may be made to ask forgiveness. That should be enough.’

Muslims4UK’s chairman Inayat Bunglawala said: ‘Sheikh Sayeed’s comments are woefully misguided and entirely inappropriate. Rape – whether within marriage or outside it – is an abominable act and is clearly against the law.’

Dave Whatton, spokesman on rape for the Association of Chief Police Officers, told the daily: ‘We know that the majority of rapes do not take place through strangers attacking women late at night but between acquaintances and within marriages and partnerships.

‘It is a fundamental principle that Sharia law should not replace the laws of the UK. Putting out views that rape can be dealt with in another way fundamentally undermines everything we are trying to do,’ he said. Source


Michelle Qureshi said...

I'm beginning to notice a pattern -- when people honestly speak about what Sharia teaches, they end up espousing things like killing apostates, beating wives, the impossibility of rape within marriage, etc. People who use their common sense realize that this stuff is horrible; they just have this assumption that Sharia cannot be horrible, and therefore Sharia must not teach these things.

I think their assumption needs to be addressed.

YFC777 said...

This is a hot topic on other discussion forums as well. It is sad to see Muslims indirectly defending this cleric by stating laws prohibiting rape within marriage was not introduced until 1900 in many countries. When something is wrong one should acknowledge it and take steps towards reforms.

Callie Scott Grady said...

If the UK continue to keep leaking the gas of islam into their political system, you best believe the whole thing is going to burn. They will take over and enforce islamic laws over everyone. Play w/ fire, you get burned