Surah 30 verse 21.
And among His signs is this: He created for you mates from yourselves, so that you might find comfort in them. And He ordained between you love and kindness. In this, behold, are signs for people who think. [Azwaaj = Husband + Wife, that are mates to, and complement each other towards fulfilment of each other’s personality]
Surah 9 verse 71.
The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is just and forbid what is evil: they help establish the Divine System which leads to a Just Economic Order, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise.
We also find there is NO BEATING mentioned in the Quran:-
4:34 Men are the protectors and supporters of women. They shall take full care of women with what they spend of their wealth. God has made men to excel in some areas and women to excel in some areas. Men should ensure that women are able to stand at their feet in the society. So, righteous women are obedient to God‟s Ordinances and guard the moral values even in privacy, the values that God has commanded to be guarded. If you experience ill-treatment from them, apprise them of possible consequences. Next, leave them in their resting places, but keep admonishing them with examples. If they pay heed to you, do not seek a way against them. God is Most High, Great.
[Qawwam = Protector = Maintainer = One who helps others to stand at their feet. Nushooz = Ill-treatment = Rebellion = To stand up (2:259, 58:11) = To stand up against virtue = Mental abuse = Domestic violence = To rebel against the permanent moral values. Wa‟az = Admonishment = To apprise of consequences (2:231, 3:66). Dharb = Example (13:17, 16:74, 36:13) = To stop or prevent (8:11, 43:5) = To embark upon a journey = Strike the road or begin to travel (4:101) = To give examples (4:34, 13:17, 16:74, 36:13, 43:58) = To withdraw (43:5)]
The “people who think” of 30:21 may be a clue to why some think wife beating is allowed. They don’t!
I have just heard that a Saudi ignoramus has just issued a fatwa that a woman cannot show two eyes in public, she must cover one. I think he has been watching too many Long John Silver pirate films, maybe the next step will be for women to put a parrot on their shoulders just so that we will not confuse them for jawas!