In a Friday sermon delivered at the Assunnah Mosque in Cincinnati, Ohio, the preacher said that Islam honored women by requiring them to stay at home to serve their husband and raise their children, and cited a hadith by the Prophet Muhammad that permitted wife-beating. The sermon was posted on the Internet on May 6, 2016.
Cleric: "In order to protect women, Islam has ordered them to stay at home, and has prevented them from dressing immodestly and mixing with foreign men. This was done to honor women. This was done to honor women.
"Allah said: 'Men are the guardians of women.' Allah also said: 'Men are a degree over (women).' This honors a woman who stays at home to serve her husband and to raise her children. But if things turn the other way around, and men stay at home while women go out (to work), families break down. This is exactly what the infidels have in store for us. Women are prohibited from leading men in prayer. (This prohibition) honors women. Women are prohibited from delivering Friday sermons. Women are prohibited from leading armies into battle. This is what the enemies of Islam have in store for us. Oh servants of Allah, wake up. It is Islam that honors women and has given them their rights. (Muslim) women must take pride in their religion in the street, at home, and everywhere.
"The Prophet Muhammad said in the Farewell Sermon: 'I enjoin good treatment of women, for they are prisoner (held) by you, and you have no right to treat them otherwise, unless they commit clear indecency. If they do that forsake them in their beds, and beat them, but without causing injury or leaving a mark. If they obey you, do not seek means of annoyance against them.'"