Apparently it’s okay for a man to hit his spouse, just don’t leave any physical marks; at least that was the ruling yesterday by an Islamic Court. Wife beating, the United Arab Emirates Federal Supreme Court ruled, is permitted by the Quran as a form of punishment so long as the injuries do not leave cuts or bruises or other physical marks. Find out more on this controversial ruling sanctioned by the UAE Islamic codes, plus pictures and video below!

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets with the President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan in Abu Dhabi, May 25, 2010. REUTERS/Bundesregierung/Guido Bergmann/Pool (United Arab Emirates - Tags: POLITICS)






The ruling was made during the trial of a man who had kicked and slapped his spouse and 23-year-old daughter, leaving them with cuts and bruises. The man was fined $150 for his crimes.

Children are only eligible for pugilistic punishment until they reach puberty according to the ruling by the Supreme Islamic Court. Wife beating, UAE judges ruled, should only be used as a measure of discipline when the trespass committed by a man’s spouse is embarrassing to the family, and therefore cannot be reported to the police.

Speaking to The National, Ahmed al Kubaisi, the head of sharia studies at UAE University and Baghdad University, said:

“If a wife committed something wrong, a husband can report her to police…. 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.”

Jihad Hashim Brown, the head of research at Tabah Foundation, disagrees. The researcher says that the Quran at no time explicitly permits physical abuse of a spouse.

“The vast majority of scholars overwhelmingly agree it is forbidden to injure or insult the dignity of one’s wife. If there is no clear text, then the court should treat it as a criminal act.”

An opinion that most of the modern world would agree with, and rightly so. There are only two words which will be heard by most of the developed world from this hot-button ruling by the Islamic court: Wife beating. UAE officials will no doubt have their hands full smoothing out this judgment with humanitarian organizations and the UN.

What do you think of the ruling apparently sanctioned by the UAE Islamic Codes ? Some are equating the ruling with spanking of children, and others see it as an open door to spousal abuse. Let me know where you stand in the comment section after you see the photos and videos on the story below!

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) receives from the President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan (C) a Sheikh Zayed medal of honour in Abu Dhabi, May 25, 2010. REUTERS/Bundesregierung/Guido Bergmann/Pool (United Arab Emirates - Tags: POLITICS) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (R) speaks with United Arab Emirates' Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan during their meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah April 25, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman (WEST BANK - Tags: POLITICS) Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko (L) stands with UAE President Shaikh Khalif bin Zayed Al Nahayan at the Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi on November 16, 2009. UPI/Mikola Lazarenko/Pool Photo via Newscom