Fifty Shades of Grey Has Muslims Upset about Spanking
Muslims are instructed not to emulate the infidels lest it lead to love and friendship, which is forbidden (1).
The Qur'an instructs Muslim men to beat their wives (2) if they become disobedient, so what are Muslim men to do if spanking one's wife becomes popular in the Western world?
The Daily Beast informs us that Spanking is Going Mainstream:
From the steamy bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey to HBO's Girls, sexual domination is in vogue. Katie Roiphe on why women's power at work may be fueling the craze...
Why does this particular, watered-down, skinny-vanilla-latte version of sadomasochism have such cachet right now? Why have masses of women brought the book to the top of the New York Times bestseller list before it even hit the stores? Most likely it’s the happy convergence of the superficial transgression with comfortable archetypes, the blushing virgin and the whips. To a certain, I guess, rather large, population, it has a semipornographic glamour, a dangerous frisson of boundary crossing, but at the same time is delivering reassuringly safe, old-fashioned romantic roles. Reading Fifty Shades of Grey is no more risqué or rebellious or disturbing than, say, shopping for a pair of black boots or an arty asymmetrical dress at Barneys.
Here is a parody of the book based on a Saturday Night Live spoof:
Next Thursday, for the benefit of my Muslim readers, I will publish 13 Ways to Spank Your Wife.
American Jewish Committee, The West, Christians and Jews in Saudi Arabian Schoolbooks
Christians and Jews are denounced as infidels. Moreover, Christians and Jews are presented as enemies of Islam and of Muslims. Therefore, Muslims may not befriend them, nor emulate them in any way, lest that lead to love and friendship, which is forbidden.
There are in the world today those who profess Judaism and Christianity, out of imitation of their ancestors, [and out] of arrogance and renunciation of the truth, in spite of the appearance of the religion of Islam which replaced the former religions that had preceded it.
Geography of the Muslim World, Grade 8, (1994) p. 18
Planck's Constant, Is wife beating really allowed in Islam?
Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other ... As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and send them to beds apart and beat them. Then if they obey you, take no further action against them.