A fundamentalist Muslim group has republished an online video of an imam claiming that a wife is committing a "major sin" by refusing to have sex with her husband, despite the outrage of feminists and leading ministers.
Nassim Abdi was convicted after telling an Auburn mosque in West Sydney that a woman would be 'cursed'. by the angels for retaining conjugal intimacy.
The Ahlus Sunnah Association Wal Jamaah, a Sunni fundamentalist group, released the YouTube video on Tuesday after Daily Mail Australia contacted him about the sermon, which state prosecutor Mark Speakman called "disgusting."
Nassim Abdi, a fundamentalist Sunni at an Auburn mosque in western Sydney, said it was a "major sin" for a wife to reject a husband's demand for sex
He republished the video, with a subtitle in Arabic about a section where Mr. Abdi said: "If the man calls the wife to bed and she refuses, the angels curse this woman and sleep with her while she is angry , the angels curse her. " until he wakes up
Mr. Abdi also published a clarifying video in which he claimed to have made an "apologetic grimace" and did not condone the rape in his sermon entitled "Prohibitions Regarding Intimacy in Marriage."
"With respect to marital rape, or any other type of violation, 100% do not approve, do not accept the violation in marriage or out of wedlock or any other type of violation," he said.
"The problematic statement, which was a clear slip of the tongue and accidental, was that she sleeps with her while angry at her."
The Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association released the video on Tuesday only to re-publish it later with an Arabic subtitle on the controversial section on marital sexual demands.
In his original sermon at the mosque, above the Islamic bookstore Bukhari House in Auburn, Abdi said that a wife had a duty to make herself available to her husband's sexual demands.
"If the husband calls the wife for privacy and there is no legitimate reason for the woman to say no, then she must respond to her husband's call," he said Friday night.
"She must answer her husband's call and if he has not committed a major sin."
Mr. Abdi preaches a fundamentalist version of seventh-century Salafi Islam from Saudi Arabia with the Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association, which also advocates aspects of Sharia law.
The Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jamaah Association preacher, who asks for a return to Islam in the seventh century, said angels would "curse" a woman who refused to have sex
The long-time feminist Eva Cox described him as a "madman", while emphasizing that Islam was not the only religion with fundamentalists who did not respect women's rights.
"Someone has to inform the preacher that he is preaching something that is illegal," he told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; Preaching something that is illegal maybe should be banned.
"Sorry, we have these fools."
Nassim Abdi has previously stated that it is sinful for Muslim women to show their ears under their hijabs in public and allow their children to listen to music in the car.
Macquarie University research professor Catharine Lumby, gender adviser to the National Rugby League, described the sermon as "hate speech."
That kind of speech should be investigated. I believe in freedom of expression but I believe in the limits to freedom of expression where violence is defended, "he said.
Catharine Lumby said the sermon was "hate speech"
"It is absolutely contrary to the law in this country that defends.
& # 39; It is a form of hate speech & # 39;
Both feminists of academic origin stressed that fundamentalist Christians, too, had described women as the sexual property of men and said that the sermon was not a reflection of all Australian Muslims.
Mr. Abdi has previously stated that it is sinful for Muslim women to show their ears in public and allow their children to listen to music in the car.
He has also asked Muslims to prevent their daughters from going to college because it could lead to premarital sex.
Professor Lumby said that Abdi's sermon could encourage Muslim men to commit domestic violence.
"I would say it's an incitement to commit a criminal offense: if your wife does not submit, then you still have the right to take her in. That's a crime under Australian law," he said.
& Shocking. The more I think about what this fundamentalist preacher said, he is somehow advocating a form of domestic violence. "
Feminist activist and women's rights advocate Eva Cox said the preacher was "crazy"
New South Wales amended the Crimes Act this year to grant three-year prison sentences for inciting violence based on race, religion or sexuality.
However, he did not focus specifically on the comments of religious preachers.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said Mr. Abdi's comments were a matter for the police.
"Non-consensual sex is a serious crime that should be reported to the police," he told the Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday.
Attorney General Mark Speakman said his views were "repugnant" to Australian values of respect for women
"Respect for all women is a central value of Australian society.
& # 39; The opinions expressed by this preacher are repugnant to those values & # 39 ;.
Marital rape did not become a crime throughout Australia until 1994, and South Australia in 1976 became the first state to criminalize sexual assault in a marriage.