• Mamudat Ifeoluwa Olohungbebe Department of Islamic Law, Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, Nigeria;
  • Sodiq Gbolahan Abdulsalam
  • Abdulazeez Babatunde Adegboye
  • Zainab Omowunmi Okebunmi




Domestic violence is a global scourge that transcends geographical boundaries, occurring in every corners of the world. It manifests in various forms, including physical, sexual, psychological, and economical abuse, and its impact reverberates through families, communities, and societies at large. Despite strides and efforts from both religious and secular sectors in awareness and advocacy on domestic violence, it remains alarmingly prevalent in Nigeria, affecting the well-being and safety of countless individuals, particularly women and children, who are disproportionately affected by its repercussions. Dishearteningly, it is particularly concerning that Islam, a religion that preaches peace, has been linked to the perpetration of domestic violence, often due to the misinterpretation of Qur’an 4 vs 34 which centers on marital discipline. This paper addresses this common misunderstanding, as it apparently contradicts the legislative rationale behind the locutions of Allah. Employing a doctrinal and qualitative methodology, this paper undertakes an in-depth interpretation and application of this verse, shedding light on its theological meaning and implications. It explores the provisions of the Qur’an that unequivocally shun and condemn domestic violence while equally upholding and maintaining the sanctity and sacrosanctity of family ties, prescribing and emphasizing mutual respect, kindness, and compassion among spouses. Ultimately, this paper contributes to ongoing efforts to combat domestic violence and promote peace and justice in society.


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