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Please only answer the post if you are a native speaker of Arabic. I am only interested in native speakers opinions, not even people that have studied Arabic for many years. The question is simple, the Koran verse 4:34 when talking about disobident wives, it suggest the following action should be taken against them (among other things): إضربوهن What does this mean? The traditional translation is that it means to hit them: YUSUFALI: beat them (lightly) PICKTHAL: scourge them SHAKIR: beat them But I have read a few places online that it could have another meaning not connected with physical violence of any sort. So I was interested in knowing what actual native Arabic speakers think it means and what propertion of native Arabic speakers think it could mean something else. Thanks everyone.