Palestinian Islamic scholar Yousef Makharzah said in an October 5, 2021 Quran lesson that aired on Al-Waqiyah TV (Lebanon) that the Quran says that men are "preferable" to women. He explained that although it is possible for an individual woman to be better than an individual man, some of the "most obvious features" that demonstrate men's superiority are their superior strength, patience, toughness, bravery, and willingness and ability to travel and fight. In contrast, he said, women are better at caring for children.
In a subsequent lesson, which aired on October 12, 2021, Sheikh Makharzah said that if a man's wife disobeys him, he should immediately address the issue rather than wait until she "destroys" his honor. He said that the man should address the issue even if this leads to beating his wife, and that he should divorce her if he fails to "straighten her out." For more about Sheikh Makharzah, see MEMRI TV Clips nos. 7849, no. 8500, no. 8557, no. 8877, no. 9207, and no. 9356.
Yousef Makharzah: "[The Quranic Verse] 'Men are the guardians of women' means that men are preferred to women. They are favored. Men are preferable to women. This does not mean that it is impossible for a certain woman to be better than a certain man. A woman can be better than a man, and it was even said about some women that they are worth 1,000 men.
"In what way did Allah make men preferable to women? Among the most obvious features, men are more stronger, more patient, tougher, and braver than women.
"If a man who works far away has to get back home in the middle of the night, and he needs to cross mountains and roads - he believes that this is within his powers.
"A woman, however, is incapable of such a feat. If a man is asked to bear arms and stand in the desert to defend the frontier, he does it, but even if you put a woman inside an armored tank, and asked her to guard the frontier, she would not dare to do this.
"This is because women were created for delicate tasks, not for rough ones. A woman can tolerate a sick child who is crying all night. She has patience for him, she can breastfeed him or give him food and water, whereas a man cannot bear to do this even for an hour.
"If your wife at home disobeys you, you should treat her [disobedience]. Do not be patient with her and wait until she destroys your honor. Treat this, even if it leads to beating her in order to get her back on track. If you fail to straighten her out, divorce her."