The judges ruled on a case of a man who slapped his wife and his 23-year old daughter. The wife suffered injuries to her lip and teeth.
Chief Justice Falah al-Hajeri acknowledged the right of a husband and said, “Although the [law] permits the husband to use his right [to discipline], he has to abide by the limits of this right.”
He, however, did not approve the beating of an adult child.
The court ordered to pay a small amount of fine. The husband will have to pay only Dh500 not because of the beating but for causing the injury.
The decision was welcomed by the Muslim scholars and the academics.
Dr. Ahmed al Kubaisi, head of Sharia Studies at UAE and Baghdad Universities said, “If a wife committed something wrong, a husband can report her to police,” then he added, “But sometimes she does not do a serious thing or he does not want to let others know, when it is not good for the family. In this case, hitting is a better option.”
Quran, the holy book of Islam explicitly allows a husband to beat his wife and does not mention about avoiding injury.
In verse 4:34, it says, “Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.” (Shakir)