Archive for March, 2012
The 160-page book, published by Idara Impex in New Delhi, India, is written by Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi, who’s described in the book’s foreword as a “prolific writer on almost every topic of Islamic learning.”
The store’s manager, who didn’t give his name, said the book had been sold out for some time, and the store’s owner, whom the manager identified as Shamim Ahmad, refused to comment for the story.
It wasn’t clear whether the shop has ordered more copies of the book, but it’s available at online Islamic bookstores and even through eBay.
In the book’s opening pages, it is written that “it might be necessary to restrain her with strength or even to threaten her.”
Later, its author advises that “the husband should treat the wife with kindness and love, even if she tends to be stupid and slow sometimes.”
Page 45 contains the rights of the husband, which include his wife’s inability to leave “his house without his permission,” and that his wife must “fulfil his desires” and “not allow herself to be untidy … but should beautify herself for him … ”
In terms of physical punishment, the book advises that a husband may scold her, “beat by hand or stick,” withhold money from her or “pull (her) by the ears,” but should “refrain from beating her excessively.”
Moderate Muslim voice Tarek Fatah says the shopkeeper should be charged for selling such a book.
“I wouldn’t say it’s hate, but it is inciting men to hit women,” said Fatah, who identified the book’s author as a prominent Islamic scholar. “This is new to you, but the Muslim community knows that this is widespread, that a woman can be beaten. Muslim leaders will deny this, but… ”
Male dominance over women has been making headlines for some time, with the recent lengthy trial and conviction of the Shafia family.
Mohammad Shafia, 59, his second wife, Tooba Yahya, 42, and their son, Hamed, 21, were each convicted in January on four counts of first-degree murder in what was characterized as an honour killing of four female family members as punishment for disobedience. They were handed life sentences with no chance of parole for 25 years.
Shafia’s three daughters and his first wife were found drowned in a car at the bottom of the Rideau Canal in Kingston, Ont., in June 2009.
Eric Brazau says he was flipping through the marriage guide while in the bookstore around a month ago.
Brazau bought it out of curiosity but was taken aback when he found dozens of chapters and passages giving Muslim husbands advice on controlling, restraining, scolding and beating their wives.
“At first, I thought that it is incredible that this kind of thing can be found in Canada,” said Brazau. “And then I thought, radical Islam is not coming to Canada, it is already here.”
According to TVByTheNumbers, “La La’s Full Court Life” outperformed “Basketball Wives” season 4 opener. In fact “Full Court” scored the series’ highest ratings ever, averaging 1.8 million total viewers for the series opener. But tellingly, viewers tumbled to 600K for the repeat episode at 11PM. Still, the series opener performed 18% higher than last season’s premiere.
The premiere of VH1′s new series “Styled by June,” starring celebrity stylist June Ambrose” didn’t do so well in the ratings.
“June” averaged barely 1.1 million total viewers, which wasn’t good enough to beat the new episode of “Basketball Wives” season 4. The BBW episode attracted an anemic 1.2 million viewers. gee, I wonder what happened to all their viewers? Could it be that viewers are tired of the scripted wig snatching scenes?
Thompson currently works as the company’s global strategy and operations for the more than 33,000 McDonald’s restaurants in 119 countries.
It’s not going to be an easy start for Thompson, as economic turmoil continues to rise in Europe, McDonald’s largest market by revenue. The company has also been struggling with rising costs of labor and ingredients, something Thompson will be responsible for remedying.
Another day, another post about Adele’s chart reign. ‘Rolling In The Deep’ held the top spot spot for seven weeks and now the British singer has another hit on her hands as her second single ‘Someone Like You’ has raced up the charts after her moving VMAs performance. The emotional ballad, in which the singer comes to terms with a breakup, shot up from 19 to #1, knocking previous chart topper (Maroon 5/Christina Aguilera duet) ‘Moves Like A Jagger’ to second place.
“Someone Like You” leaps 11-1 on Hot Digital Songs with 275,000 downloads sold (up 191%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. On Hot 100 Airplay, the track blasts 42-19 with 46 million all-format audience impressions (up 59%), according to Nielsen BDS.
Adele’s sophomore album ’21′ has also been raking in the accolades. After being lauded by critics and consumers, and hitting #1 in 19 countries, it has now gone on to diamond status worldwide (10 million) and will most likely go on to hit 13 million sales.
When she’s not slaying the charts, Adele can be found flexing her smizing skills on magazine covers: she graced the covers of Q and Out magazine earlier this year and this time around, she’s featured in Vogue UK’s October issue.
Things are about to get messy in the Allen-Tawanna Iverson divorce proceedings. When Tawanna first filed for divorce last June, the move seemed to be all about AI’s ball so hard mentality of running up expensive tabs on jewelry for himself while leaving his wife and their five kids high and dry, but now his estranged wife is bringing his infidelity into the picture.
Tawanna has reportedly filed court documents requesting that Allen:
“Give the name and telephone number of every person other than your spouse whom you have had sexual relations and/or intimate physical contact from the date of the marriage to the date of trial.”
Do we have enough time for that? I’m just sayin.’
I’m not sure what Tawanna’s motive is for the request. The folks over at TMZ say it’s most likely a power play to make Allen look bad and rush a settlement in her favor, but I’m not sure AI’ rep could be any further in the gutter, not to mention that unless she has hard proof of his infidelity, he can easily lie.
Tawanna’s still focused on the money too, though. She’s also requested to see all of her soon-to-be-ex’s financial records, including information on any purchases over $1,000 that he’s made since they got married almost 10 years ago. Considering Allen’s wages have already been garnished to pay back a nearly $1 million debt to Aydin & Company Jewelers, I’m not sure how much Tawanna thinks she can get.