Last year the Tundra Tabloids became involved with the safe house mentioned
in the following article after reading about it in the Finnish tabloid newspaper, the Ilta Sanomat. The woman in charge of the establishment was quoted by the paper stating that: “The Koran does not sanction violence against women”.
That obvious false claim couldn’t go unanswered, so the TT called Reet Nurmi, the director of the Multicultural Women’s Resource Center, MONIKA, and asked how does she know that statement to be true? I also asked whether she had ever read the Koran?
Reet Nurmi stated that she didn’t have any kind of personal knowledge of the Koran, and that her information only came from Muslims themselves. Both men and women tell the same story, that the Koran does not allow violence of any kind towards women.
The Koran, 4:34. According to Robert Spencer:
“Qur’an 4:34 tells men to beat their disobedient wives after first warning them and then sending them to sleep in separate beds. This is, of course, an extremely controversial verse, so it is worth noting how several translators render the key word here, وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ, waidriboohunna.”
Pickthall: “and scourge them”
Yusuf Ali: “(And last) beat them (lightly)”
Al-Hilali/Khan: “(and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful)”
Shakir: “and beat them”
Sher Ali: “and chastise them”
Khalifa: “then you may (as a last alternative) beat them”
Arberry: “and beat them”
Rodwell: “and scourge them”
Sale: “and chastise them”
Daryabadi: “and beat them”
Asad: “then beat them”
Pickthall, Yusuf Ali, Al-Hilali/Khan, Shakir, Sher Ali, Khalifa, Daryabadi and Asad are Muslims. Are their translations all “incorrect and offensive”?
Laleh Bakhtiar, in a new translation that has received wide publicity, translates Qur’an 4:34 as “go away from them.” In light of this unanimity among the translators, both Muslim and non-Muslim, this seems difficult to sustain – all of these authorities got the passage wrong until Bakhtiar? But her impulse is understandable, as many Muslims today regard this verse with acute embarrassment. Asad adduces numerous traditions in which Muhammad “forbade the beating of any woman,” concluding that wife-beating is “barely permissible, and should preferably be avoided.”
Unfortunately, however, this is not a unanimous view. Sheikh Syed Mahmud Allusi in his commentary Ruhul Ma’ani gives four reasons that a man may beat his wife: “if she refuses to beautify herself for him,” if she refuses sex when he asks for it, if she refuses to pray or perform ritual ablutions, and “if she goes out of the house without a valid excuse.”
Then there is the justified rape clause in the Koran,
2: 223 Your wives are as a tilth unto you; so approach your tilth when or how ye will. But do some good act for your souls beforehand; and fear Allah and know that ye are to meet Him (in the Hereafter) and give (these) good tidings to those who believe.”
Though some may claim that the verse is not equating the woman with a furrowed field (tilth),Islamic jurists and scholars
have interpreted this verse in the Koran as meaning that the woman has no right to deny the husband her body for his pleasure.
That is Islamic sanctioned rape/violence against women.
Read the following article and remember to take note at how the Finnish media takes great care in not mentioning the “the culture” in question. Islam or Muslim is noticeably absent from the whole report. Knee-jerk Finlandization (read = self imposed censorship) is responsible for not naming the obvious, and why they refrain from even naming the culture at fault. KGS
Immigrant women in Finland are increasingly the victims of violence perpetrated in the name of family honour. In Helsinki, twice as many immigrant women have sought protection this year from violence than in previous years.
Nasima Razmyar, who herself came to Finland as a refugee from Afghanistan, has been taking in growing numbers of immigrant women and girls at the Monika House shelter in Helsinki’s Sörnäinen district. Some of these women have been forced into marriages, some beaten for disobedience or even threatened with death.
This year, within just six months more than 30 women have sought refuge from honour violence at the facility. That is as many as during the whole of last year. As the coordinator at Monika House, Nasima Razmyar has the impression that the rise can be explained by growing numbers of women of marriageable age.
“Second generation immigrants are at just the age, around twenty and marriageable, when the situation starts being strongly seen,” says Razmyar.
Honour violence involves the subjugation of a woman within some ethnic groups carried out with the intent of controlling her sexual behaviour. It has been rumoured at Monika House that there have been honour killings in Finland, acts in which a family has decided to kill a disobedient daughter who, for example, has refused an arranged marriage.
Police have not confirmed the rumours, but according to Chief Inspector Veli Hukkanen of the Helsinki Police, threatening behaviour has indeed been on the rise. One problem is that the police do not keep statistics on honour violence.
[“Statistics are not available for many reasons, some tactical. In order to secure an individual’s situation and protect her, it may not be sensible to file a criminal report,” explains Hukkanen.*]
However, police believe that only a small fraction, probably less that 5% of all honour violence incidents come to light. The seriousness of the phenomenon is not understood, even by the officials dealing with it.
“More familiarity by officials with other cultures is needed
. Women and family members from certain cultures come to tell of these problems, of the violence or that they are being frightened and threatened. They should be met by with a different attitude,” says Chief Inspector Veli Hukkanen.
NOTE:* What’s with the Chief Inspector, Veli Hukkanen, giving the nod of approval for keeping some incidents of Muslim honor related violence hush hush? The very idea that a police official would do such a thing is shocking.
What Hukkanen is alluding to, openly mind you, is that there is an inherent inequality before the law in Finland. Just because you’re a foreigner, you might be expected to forgo your civil-human rights in order to make the situation easier for everyone else. Shocking.