The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – a major donor to the Hillary Clinton campaign – has aired an instructional video on national television in which an Islamic family doctor teaches men in the country how to ‘properly’ beat their wives.
The video aired in the country in early February, 2016. The Kingdom’s government is said to have approved the instructional video for public service airtime on national television.
After airing the video in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi government released the controversial video in the United States via the Washington DC-based Middle East Media Research Institute.
The content of the video features Khaled Al-Saqaby, the doctor who is said to specialize in therapy, teaching men how to ‘properly’ beat their wives if their wives disobey them.
According to Al-Saqaby, husbands should not immediately attack their wives, but should discipline them ‘properly’ first. He then makes it clear that in marriage, there is nothing like equality, and that men should take charge and rule the home – using violent force if necessary.
In the event of a woman disobeying her husband, Al-Saqaby teaches in the video that the men should follow the steps below in making sure that the woman is corrected.
“The first step is to remind her of your rights and of her duties according to Allah. Then comes the second step – forsaking her in bed. The third step, beating, has to correspond with the necessary Islamic conditions” before taking action. The beating should not be performed with a rod, nor should it be a headband, or a sharp object. Instead, husbands should use a ‘tooth-cleaning twig or with a handkerchief’ to beat their wife. The wife will feel that she was wrong in the way she treated her husband,” says Al-Saqaby.
The Saudi government endorsed doctor says his teachings of how to beat wives is not exhaustive, and that sometimes men should beat their wives without following his steps if the women go to extreme lengths in disobeying their husbands.
He also blamed women for provoking their husbands, expressing shock that some women are ‘stubborn’ to the point that only beatings can bring them back into line.
“In addition, sometimes a woman makes a mistake that may lead her husband to beat her. I’m sad to say there are some women who say ‘Go ahead, if you are a real man, beat me’ She provokes them,” he adds in the video.
Critics of the video say,although some of the teachings Al-Saqaby espoused in the video concerning how husbands should treat their wives are found in the Holy Quran, they were used in a context. They accuse Al-Saqaby and the Saudi government of being selective with the verses of the Holy Book in order to satisfy their own interest.
Some women groups have also called for the United States government to condemn the video, as it denigrates womanhood. But neither the State Department, which is responsible for international relations for the country, nor any government official from the White House, has commented on the controversial video.
Nor has Hillary Clinton, whose campaign has received tens of millions of dollars in illegal overseas funding from the Saudi regime – according to both Guccifer 2.0, the hacker who accessed DNC files, and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia himself.
This is not the first time the United States has turned a blind eye to happenings in Saudi Arabia. Early this year, Saudi Arabia embarked on an exercise of beheading people who speak out against the dictatorial policies of the country’s elite ruling class. 47 people, including a prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Bakir al-Nimr, were beheaded on January 1st, 2016, for embarking on anti-government activities. This sparked huge tension in the Islamic World. The United States never commented, or issued a statement, on the beheadings.