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Correct Translation Of إضربوهن (Koran 4:34)

  

  1. 1. What does إضربوهن mean in the context of Koran 4:34?

    • It means to hit them (wives)
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    • It means something else (specify what in the thread)
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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.

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