All in accord with the sharia. And it's not just this imam in Spain; it's imams the world over. The message is consistent. Beat your women, but try not to leave telltale marks.
An imam preaching in a city in Catalonia, northeastern Spain, is being investigated for allegedly calling on the faithful to discipline errant wives using physical and psychological violence.
Abdeslam Laarusi, an imam at the Badr mosque in Terrassa near Barcelona allegedly issued instructions during Friday prayers on how to beat unruly women without leaving telltale marks.
The Muslim cleric advised using "fists and sticks on various parts of the body to avoid breaking bones or drawing blood", investigators said.
"He provided concrete examples of the manner in which wives should be beaten, how to isolate them inside the family home and how to deny them sexual relations," said the police in a statement, saying they had received testimony from numerous witnesses.
The imam, a Moroccan immigrant who is married with five children, was called in for questioning by the Mossos d'Esquadra, the Catalan police force, on Tuesday.
Investigators are analysing the transcripts of his sermons and believe there may be a case against him for "disseminating discriminatory messages and violating the principle of equality and of women's right to physical and moral integrity".
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