|‘Stop beating your wives’ |
By CECILY ASSON Wednesday, July 30 2014
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Imam Yaseen Fernandez...
IMAM Yaseen Fernandez, in his Eid-ul-Fitr sermon yesterday, called on Muslim men to stop beating their wives, telling the congregation during an open-air gathering, that he has to deal with a large number of women weeping in the face of licks from their husbands.
“To you Muslim men I say, your family comes first. Wives are crying every day and why? Because their husbands are not treating them good. Their husbands are abusing them...physical abuse, verbal abuse and this must stop,” Imam Fernandez said.
Speaking at the open-air Eid-ul- Fitr observances in the courtyard of the La Romaine High School on Church Street, Fernandez called on Muslim men to set proper examples especially for the younger ones in their homes, to follow.
He said almost on a daily basis the women of his flock come with complaints about their abusive husbands. “And while this abuse goes on behind closed doors in the home, when they (the husbands) are on the outside, they are very nice and behave well with their wives,” the Imam said.
Fernandez warned with such behaviour, these Muslim men will not be able to face Allah on the day of judgement. “Heal yourself! Heal your family,” he pleaded. He said it was important for persons to look at themselves to introspect and come up with principles that would be pleasing to Allah both at home and in public.
“What do people think of me? Am I kind to my wife, to my children, to family members, to my neighbours,” were some of the questions Fernandez said must be asked by Muslim men. .
During his 45-minute sermon, Fernandez lamented the many ills plaguing communities both locally and abroad. He touched on wars being fought in Muslim countries and said it was important that persons question how they behave whether inside or outside of their homes.
“Today we are making war. Today brothers and sisters are leaving here and going for jihad to kill another Muslim. Do not kill, do not kill each other,” he implored. “We need to ask ourselves, am I being kind or am I being hostile and abusive?”
He said in a world where morality is lacking, it is incumbent on Muslims to set standards. He said during Ramadan, Allah softened the hearts of those who fasted and there must now be a change in attitude, so Allah can be further praised and venerated.
“I feel strongly about that and therefore now is the time for your family. Your family comes first. Embrace them, love them, take care of them,” he advised. Saying that the family extends to every Muslim brother and sister, Fernandez called on those gathered to hug each other before leaving the Salaat (meeting).
“Get away the negativity, it is time for healing, the world needs healers and we are the best of healers my brothers and sisters.” He urged Muslim women to dress properly and the men to grow their beard and love their families.
The La Romaine Jamaat hosted its 15th annual open air Eid Salaat on the grounds of the La Romaine High School. Men, women and children turned up yesterday dressed in colourful Islamic wear to celebrate the occasion. Gifts were distributed to children who were also treated to pony rides and bouncy castles. A large number of less fortunate persons gathered under a tent outside the celebrations waiting on Zakat (the giving of alms) by Muslims.