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"An Islamic guide on how to beat your wife": Spanish Imam released from jail

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  • Tarek Fatah
    September 29, 2005 An Islamic guide on how to beat your wife By Isambard Wilkinson Daily Telegraph, UK
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      September 29, 2005

      An Islamic guide on how to beat your wife

      By Isambard Wilkinson
      Daily Telegraph, UK
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/09/29/wimam29.xml

      MADRID -- An imam who wrote a book on how to beat your wife without leaving
      marks on her body has been ordered by a judge in Spain to study the
      country's constitution.

      The judge told Mohamed Kamal Mustafa, imam of a mosque in the southern
      resort of Fuengirola, to spend six months studying three articles of the
      constitution and the universal declaration of human rights.

      Mr. Mustafa was sentenced to 15 months in jail and fined about $2,600 last
      year after being found guilty of inciting violence against women.

      A judge released him after 22 days in jail on the condition that he
      undertake a re-education course.

      The Spanish government has set up a commission to find ways for the Muslim
      community to regulate itself. A central recommendation is that imams speak
      Spanish and have a basic knowledge of human rights and Spanish law.

      In his book "Women in Islam," published four years ago, Mr. Mustafa wrote
      that verbal warnings followed by a period of sexual inactivity could be used
      to discipline a disobedient wife.

      If that failed, he argued that, according to Islamic law, beatings could be
      judiciously administered.

      "The blows should be concentrated on the hands and feet using a rod that is
      thin and light so that it does not leave scars or bruises on the body," he
      wrote.

      Mr. Mustafa's lessons, which he must pay for, will be taught by teachers
      from Malaga University.

      According to La Vanguardia newspaper, he will have to study articles 10, 14
      and 15 of the constitution. The first two address "the dignity of a person
      and inviolable rights" and states "all Spaniards are equal before the law."

      The third one states "the moral and physical integrity of a person in no
      case can be submitted to torture nor inhuman or degrading punishments or
      treatment."
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