The NSW Attorney General and feminists have expressed concern after a preacher in Sydney announced it was a ‘major sin’ for wives to refuse to have sex with their husbands.
Fundamentalist Sunni Nassim Abdi told an Auburn mosque that a woman would be cursed by angels for stopping marital intimacy.
He said on Friday night: “If the husband calls the wife to be intimate and there’s no legitimate reason for the woman to say no, then she must answer the call of her husband.
She must answer the call of her husband and if not she has committed a major sin.
If the man calls the wife to bed and she refuses, the angels curse this woman and he sleeps with her whilst he’s angry, the angels curse her until she wakes up.”
Feminist Eva Cox described the Muslim preacher as a ‘nutter’ while emphasizing Islam was not the only religion with fundamentalists who disrespected the rights of women.
She told Daily Mail: “Somebody needs to inform the preacher that he’s preaching something which is illegal. Preaching something which is illegal maybe should be banned. I’m sorry we’ve got these nutters.”
Research professor Catharine Lumby of Macquarie University described his sermon as ‘hate speech.’
She said: “That kind of speech should be investigated. I believe in freedom of speech but I believe in limits to freedom of speech where violence is being advocated.
It is absolutely against the law in this country what he’s advocating. It’s a form of hate speech.”
She also added that the sermon could allow Muslim men to commit domestic violence. “I would say it’s incitement to commit a criminal offense: if your wife doesn’t submit, then you still have the right to take her. That is a crime under Australian law.”
Professor Lumby added: “Shocking. The more I think about what this fundamentalist preacher said, in a way he’s advocating a form of domestic violence.”
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