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Court sentences wife-beater to memorize Qur’an, Prophet’s sayings

Last updated: Monday, May 07, 2012 1:16 PM
By Aisha Jamal
Saudi Gazette
JEDDAH — The Penal Court here has sentenced a man to memorize five parts (Juz’) of the Holy Qur’an and 100 sayings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and to read three books on Shariah.
The man was found guilty of beating up his wife.
The court decided to set an examination for the man after six months from the date of the verdict.
The judge advised the husband to protect his wife’s rights as stipulated by Islam, perform obligatory prayers regularly and repent to Allah for mistreating his wife.
The man did not raise any objection to the verdict.
According to court proceedings the woman wanted to visit a female relative to which the man initially agreed but later changed his mind. He then asked her to fetch a glass of water and she refused. The man went to the kitchen and his wife also followed him. Infuriated, the man slapped her. She immediately headed for the bedroom to take her clothes and leave for her father’s house.
This made the man more incensed and he started beating her severely.
A report issued by King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah showed she suffered bruises on different parts of the body including nose, neck, head, legs and arms.
The woman filed a complaint with the police and the case was referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution (BIP), which framed the charges against the man.
The BIP claimed that the beating was haram and punishable under the Shariah laws. The prosecution demanded deterrent punishment for the man.
The private right of the wife was dropped following a settlement through which the husband paid his wife SR7000 as compensation.
The verdict against the husband included reading three books on the Shariah. The books are The rules of acts of worship and The pillars of Islam by Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Baz, a book on supplications by Ibn Al-Qayyim entitled Al-Wabil Al-Sayyib… and he will have to sit for an exam.
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