NY Muslim Man Who ‘Disciplined’ Wife to Death for Not Making Goat Dinner Sentenced

GavelTo which one might only go, “Huh?” The Christian News Network in an article written by Heather Clark, reports that Noor Hussain beat his wife to death for her refusal to make him a goat dish.

His defense provided a quotation from the Quran in an effort to show why this husband believed he had the right to take such actions against his disobedient spouse.

“Men are the managers of the affairs of women for that God has preferred in bounty one of them over another, and for that they have expended of their property. Righteous women are therefore obedient, guarding the secret for God’s guarding. And those you fear may be rebellious admonish; banish them to their couches, and beat them.”

Some step forward in the article to make it known that the Quran (4:34) indeed does not warrant such brutality, and that men are only allowed to beat their wives “lightly,” and only after extinguishing other means of discipline. Amazingly, the article mentions an eligibility date for parole. Again I say, “Huh?”  The entire article can be found here.

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7 Responses to NY Muslim Man Who ‘Disciplined’ Wife to Death for Not Making Goat Dinner Sentenced

  1. Raven says:

    Reblogged this on RF and commented:
    I agree with Muslim scholars. Where in the text says “beat her to unconsciousness or death”? Who are we to take the sacred text that we follow and use it to justify our immoral acts? More importantly, the man who beat his wife to death did so not out of prayer, fasting and contemplating over whether he should carry out this “justifiable” act; instead, he did so in a rash and irrational manner. Acting impulsively without ANY regard to God’s word. Acting with an unclear and heated temper just because his flesh was not fed by the love of his life. God is in control and the Judge, however. Love will prevail and Justice will be served, anyway.

  2. Wow! Wow! Wow! How did he get that he could KILL his wife for not making a goat meal? Sounds like he already had it in his heart to harm her. I don’t know but I thank God that our faith does not even allow light spanking. It would certainly be a problem (unless we grew up in that culture or religion). I pray for his enlightenment to the true and living God.

  3. sufishakta says:

    PS – Meant to include some translations which use one of the different possible translations of d-r-b for 4:34:

    The Monotheist Group:
    The men are to support the women by what God has gifted them over one another and for what they spend of their money. The upright women who are attentive, and keep private the personal matters for what God keeps watch over. As for those women from whom you fear a desertion, then you shall advise them, and abandon them in the bedchamber, and separate from them; if they obey you, then do not seek a way over them; God is High, Great.

    Dr. Laleh Bakhtiar
    Men are supporters of wives because God gave some of them an advantage over others and because they spent of their wealth. So the females, ones in accord with morality are the females, ones who are morally obligated and the females, ones who guard the unseen of what God kept safe. And those females whose resistance you fear, then admonish them (f) and abandon them (f) in their sleeping places and go away from them (f). Then if they (f) obeyed you, then look not for any way against them (f). Truly, God had been Lofty, Great.

    Ahmed Ali
    Men are the support of women as God gives some more means than others, and because they spend of their wealth (to provide for them). So women who are virtuous are obedient to God and guard the hidden as God has guarded it. As for women you feel are averse, talk to them suasively; then leave them alone in bed (without molesting them) and go to bed with them (when they are willing). If they open out to you, do not seek an excuse for blaming them. Surely God is sublime and great.

    Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
    Men are guardians of women, because Allah has made one superior to the other, and (also) because men spend their wealth (on them). So the pious wives are obedient. They guard (their chastity) in the absence of their husbands with the protection of Allah. But those women whom you fear will disobey and defy, admonish them; and (if they do not amend) separate them (from yourselves) in beds; and (if they still do not improve) turn away from them, striking a temporary parting. Then if they become cooperative with you, do not seek any way against them. Surely, Allah is Most High, Most Great.

    Bilal Muhammad (2013 Edition)
    Men and women support one another, because God has given each of them more than the other, and because they spend from their wealth. So the righteous women, being loyal, maintain in their absence what God would have them maintain. As for those whom you suspect disloyalty, advise them, refrain from sleeping with them, and separate from them. However, if they return to loyalty, do not try to harm them, for God is the Most High, the Great.

    Muhammad Ahmed – Samira
    The men (are) taking care of matters for livelihood on (for) the women with what God preferred/favoured some of them (men and women) on some, and with what they spent from their (M) properties/possession , so the correct/righteous females are obeying humbly , worshipping humbly, protecting/safekeeping to the invisible with what God protected ; and those whom (F) you fear their (F) quarrel (disobedience) , so advise/warn them (F) and desert/abandon them (F) in the place of lying down (beds), and ignore/disregard/push them (F) , so if they obeyed you, so do not oppress/transgress on them (F) a way/method, that God was/is high, mighty/great.

    Mohamad Shafi
    Men are the supports of women, since Allah has favoured some over others in certain respects, and since men are required to bear all family expenses from their (men’s) property. The righteous women then are obedient guardians of privacy as Allah has guarded it. And as for those women, on whose part you fear refractoriness, admonish them, leave them alone in beds and turn away from them. Then if they obey you, do not resort to any punitive measure against them. Indeed, Allah is High, Great.

    • mtsweat says:

      Translation is of course too often in the eye of the beholder. To eisegete any text rather than exegete is to force the meaning to conform with preconceptions. You are very right to insinuate people do the same thing with the Bible every day, and sadly, as was the tragic childhood you share, bring about wrong understandings of Jesus and His Church.

      The reality is that this man suffers from the same issue everyone born suffers from; a selfish wicked heart. He cares about himself more than he cares for others, even his own spouse. Real Christianity finds the only fix for this universal death sentence against humanity in the finished work of Jesus Christ. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, God reestablishes communion with His image-bearers. Taking up residence in the believer’s heart, God changes us so that our greatest desire becomes loving Him and loving others (all others).

      For this reason, as you have defended the Quran, I also defend my faith and share with you that anything done in the name of Christianity that was un-Christ like, may have been purported by professing Christians, but it was not in fact something done in the footsteps of Jesus. We are still human and still struggling with the flesh.

      Having said that, regardless of whether this man believed he was interpreting the Quran correctly or no, we have laws in America that forbid harming others, no matter of religious beliefs. While I believe we should, as another mentioned, pray earnestly for Mr. Noor, I think that a loss of life, especially in these circumstances, warrants a greater punishment than to hear of his eligibility for parole in a little better than a decade and a half.

      Thanks for your excellent contribution in comment form… may you be blessed.

  4. Planet Zion says:

    Stuff like this just get my blood boiling, we need to point these people to Christ! They need His cleansing blood just as we did and still do.

    • sufishakta says:

      I would like to point out several things. In the United States domestic violence is a very serious problem. I witnessed my Catholic father beat my Protestant mother for until she died from cancer. Three months before she died, she called me at work because he was threatening to kill her. She was so sick from the cancer she couldn’t get out of bed; he wanted to kill her.

      Nothing in Islam condones wife abuse any more than it does in Christianity. I am a Muslim now and I find that Islam teaches more about men not harming women than Christianity does. 4:34 has been translated into English using the word beat, but lets ask why. Our Christian culture until the 20th century also condoned wife abuse. Laleh Bakhtiar took the meaning to a truer meaning, one that matched the Prophet’s pbuh, loving behavior toward his wives and that matched verses like:

      And one of His signs is that He created mates for you from yourselves that you may find rest in them, and He put between you love and compassion; most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect. (Quran 30:21)

      The links below is the various translations of the words in Arabic that are from the word “d-r-b” and as you see there are as many ways to translate the word as there would be the word, beat, in an English dictionary.

      http://corpus.quran.com/qurandictionary.jsp?q=Drb#(4:34:29)

      Laleh Bakhtiar, an Islamic scholar who translated Quran, explains this well, here (you need to scroll down a little bit): http://www.sublimequran.org/

      It is unfair to blame this on Islam just as it is unfair to blame it on Christianity when Christians do similar horrific crimes.

      I admit I was terrified of God the Father as a child because my own father was so violent and even tried to kill my mom, my sister and me…and became an atheist because of it, but I do not blame the vengeful God I learned about in Sunday School anymore. I have learned to love God and Jesus, pbuh, since then. Alhamdulilah.

  5. I wanted to like this but I don’t…It is totally unacceptable to harm another human being with words, rocks, sticks, guns or anything else. Thanks for sharing. I shared it on my FB page and am expecting a hailstorm of comments.

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