Qatari sociologist Abd Al-Aziz Al-Khazra purportedly created a video demonstrating "how to beat one's wife" in accordance with Islam, and posted it to YouTube on March 29. Thanks to an English translation of excerpts by The Middle East Media Research Institute, Al-Khazra's teachings remain available for all to see (as of this writing), as they have been for weeks.
What are the details?
In the clips provided by MEMRI on April 3, Al-Khazra explains to viewers that it is not necessary for a man to beat his wife, but if he does, "he gives her a disciplinary beating out of love," reiterating, "He loves her."
"Now, let's see how Islam teaches how to beat your wife," the instructor says, and uses a young boy posing as "the wife" in his tutorial for proper technique.
"How should a husband beat his wife?" Al-Khazra asks, rhetorically. "First, he must 'admonish her' — in other words, he should advise her. Then, he should refrain from sharing a bed with her. If all of this doesn't help, we start the beating as a last resort."
Facing the boy, whom he tells, "Wait, don't move," Al-Khazra continues, "The husband must make his wife feel his strength."
Moving on to the actual demonstration, Al-Khazra asks the smiling boy, "Why aren't you listening to me?! How many times do I have to tell you?! How many times do I have to tell you so you'll listen?! Didn't I tell you not to leave the house without my permission?!"
The instructor turns back to the camera at that point, saying, "You see how? A little bit of rebuke..."
Then comes the physical part. Al-Khazra continues to berate his volunteer while showing the acceptable level of wife-beating by swatting the boy's arms. "See how the beating is done?" he asks his audience, telling them, "The beating is light, brothers."
By this time, the boy is chuckling as the instructor shakes him by the shoulders, reiterating again, "You see, brothers? This is beating in Islam."
Al-Khazra went on to explain that beatings should be painless, "not leave bruises or cause bleeding," noting that he was showing "the true gentle beating in Islam."
MEMRI is a nonpartisan, nonprofit based out of Washington, D.C., which translates media to bridge "the language gap between the West and the Middle East and South Asia."
Google, which owns YouTube, did not immediately respond to TheBlaze's request for comment on the video.