Waleed Aly and Dick Smith squared off on The Project recently.
Waleed Aly and Dick Smith squared off on The Project recently.

Waleed Aly slams views on domestic violence of some Muslims

THE Project host Waleed Aly says it is "infuriating" views exist within the Muslim community - even if they were largely radical groups - that men are allowed to beat their wives.

Aly was speaking on Thursday night's edition of the popular Network Ten show in response to the controversial video that emerged earlier today.

The video was shared online by the Women of Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia Facebook group, an arm of a widely condemned radical Islamist group.

The woman leading the conversation, who is identified as Sydney teacher Reem Allouche, says a man is permitted to hit a woman as an act of discipline, and fellow panellist Atika Latifi, agrees.

"He is permitted, not obliged to, not encouraged, but permitted to hit her," Ms Latifi says.

The women go on to describe the permissive text as "beautiful" and "a blessing".

"It's very evident that this is symbolic in nature and it's not as what people have understood or what people would like to have understood," Ms Allouche says. "This is the reality."

Aly rejected the suggestion the views were widely shared by Muslims.

"Well, of course, this is not OK. It is not supported. It is absolutely atrocious to hear that. Of course we believe that [it is wrong] in the Australian community ... but it is exactly the same in the Islam community ..."

The Gold Logie-winner was upset Muslims were again being depicted in a poor light.

Reem Allouche (left) and Atika Latifi speak at a Hizb ut-Tahrir conference
Reem Allouche (left) and Atika Latifi speak at a Hizb ut-Tahrir conference Supplied

"It is also infuriating that those views still exist within the Muslim community, even if it is a radical group that you're talking about. That's really infuriating and that's why that statement came out very quickly. In fact, the denunciation from the Muslim community has been really strong and swift all day which I think has been an interesting development. And if you look at the signatories on that, I reckon they're able to agree on just about nothing but they were able to agree on that."

The statement he was referring to was the Australian Muslim Collaborative signed by dozens of Muslim leaders who slammed the video.

He then shared a video he said was made 18 months ago where prominent Australian Muslims were recorded speaking on the issue of domestic violence.

Aly said the video was not made to answer any "particular crisis".

"They got all these Imams together, full-on dudes, some of whom don't speak English, we're talking Imams, talking specifically about the issue of domestic violence."

Aly said that video had only been seen about 3000 times, and urged viewers to watch it, so "maybe there would be a different conversation."

News Corp Australia


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