Saudis are famous for oppressing women and not granting them their rights. In fact, Saudi Arabia is the only country to date where women are not allowed to drive and must seek permission of their male family members before working or leaving the house.
Very interestingly, though, Saudi family therapist Khaled Al-Saqaby has released a video informing men of the Islamic way to “wife discipline.” Using Islamic references, he advises men not to beat their wives but to instead follow three courses of action. Although Al-Saqaby admitted it was a “thorny” issue, he said “'Allah willing, we will cross this bridge safely.”
He went on to explain that in case a wife needs disciplining, the man should first talk to them, then “forsake” them in bed and then lastly beat them. But he went on to explain that even the beating must be according to Islamic principles which state that beatings should only come from a “tooth-cleaning twig or with a handkerchief.”
The therapist also spoke of how some women “undoubtedly” caused problems because many “want to live a life of equality with their husbands,” which is a “very grave problem.” Apparently, according to him women, are of lesser status than men and don't deserve equal rights.
At least he took note of the fact that the problem is not one-sided and husbands are equally responsible for any disagreements that occur.
“I believe the problem arises when husbands do not understand how to deal with disobedience. Some women disobey their husbands and make mistakes with them, and their husbands think this is due to inadequate treatment [of disobedience],” Al-Saqaby said.
So according Al-Saqaby, while husbands must be careful of not taking harsh physical action against their wives, the women are not supposed to demand a life of equality to their husbands, because of course they are not equal. It's astounding how a man trying to protect women from physical abuse fails to acknowledge the fact that it's about time women are not treated any lesser than men.
The video was recorded in February, but only came out into the open this week via the Washington, D.C.-based Middle East Media Research Institute.