A recent video by a Saudi Arabian therapist explaining how to properly beat a wife, the “proper” way, has recently gone viral. He explains that the wife should not be hit by a large stick, rather a siwak (a small wooden toothbrush). We won’t go into details, but you can watch the video, if you really feel like it.
There are hundreds of thousands of articles and videos out there by ignorant Muslim misogynists and Islamophobes that talk about how the Prophet (peace be upon him) treated women poorly. Usually they’re taken out of context, or of course, totally fabricated stories. The Prophet (pbuh) never hit women, and discouraged anyone to do so.
Here are six beautiful stories and quotes from or about the Prophet that make evident the esteem with which he viewed women.
1- “How does anyone of you beat his wife as he beats the stallion camel and then embrace (sleep with) her?” (Al-Bukhari, English Translation, vol. 8, Hadith 68, pp. 42-43)
2- Another hadith quotes the Prophet as saying, “Some (women) visited my family complaining about their husbands (beating them). These (husbands) are not the best of you.”
3- Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported, “The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “A believer must not hate (his wife) believing woman; if he dislikes one of her characteristics he will be pleased with another.” (Muslim)
4- “The believers who show the most perfect faith are those who have the best behavior, and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives.” (At-Tirmidhi)
5- A man asked Aisha (the prophet’s wife) “What did The Prophet do at home?” Hadrat Aisha said that he kept busy with housework. He patched his clothes, swept the house, milked the animals, and bought supplies for the house from the market. If his shoes were torn, he mended them himself. He tied the rope to the water bucket. He secured the camel, fed it and ground the flour with the slave.” (Bukhari)
6- In another hadith, the Prophet said “Do not beat the female servants of Allah.”