A Muslim-Canadian police chaplain is under fire for controversial comments he made during seminars.
The Independent reports that Musleh Khan – the Toronto Police Force’s new chaplain—made disparaging comments about women while talking about religious practices under Islam.
During a web seminar he held entitled, ‘The Heart of The Home: The Rights and Responsibilities of A Wife’, he reportedly implied that getting married to a nine-year-old is permitted in Islam.
During a Q&A session after a separate lecture in Ontario, Khan was asked why marriage to 9-year-olds “is allowed”. His answer was: “The maturity level [of 9-year-olds] is completely different to how it used to be. If the prophet did it, you have to believe that it was permissible. It has its time and place.”
During the web seminar –which was first held in e 2013—Khan also said: “The wife should make herself available to her husband, after the marriage has taken place. She should not withhold this right from her husband without a valid excuse. If she refuses without a valid reason then she has committed a major sin.”
A woman should also not deny her husband the right to children, he said.
Representatives with the Canadian Council of Muslim Women responded to the comments, calling them “appalling.” The group’s executive director told CBC News: “We’ve been fighting for Muslim women’s rights and something like this really sets us back.”
Mr. Khan said in a statement that his comments were “inappropriate if used out of context” and also added that some of the meanings got lost in translation.
The Toronto Police Assoc. president said that Khan needed to ‘clarify’ his comments. The police chief reportedly met with Mr. Khan to discuss the matter, but the chaplain will remain in his position pending a full investigation– according to CBC News.
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