By Liz Burke, Senior Reporter, news.com.au
President of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils Keysar Trad described beating women as “step three” in a process of dealing with issues in relationships, after counselling and buying chocolates or “taking her out on a dinner”.
“What that verse is really putting as a scenario is if you come home and you’re really, really angry — we’ve seen many men act violently towards their women — what this verse is saying really is playing on the psychology of the man saying violence is a last resort,” he said.
Mr Trad argued that what the text was saying was that “a good person would never get to that step because the first step would eliminate the problem”.
The televised discussion was following on from the stance taken by ABC identity Yassmin during her recent controversial appearance, claiming Islam was the “most feminist religion” citing the fact that Muslim women do not take their husband’s last names.