“Allah said: Warn them [the wives], and separate from them, and hit them, and bring an arbitrator from his family and an arbitrator from her family. [Only] after this comes divorce. The husband starts with a warning,” he explained.

“After the warning and separation, comes the hitting — hitting that does not make her ugly,” the Gaza mufti said. “The Prophet [Muhammad] said [in a Hadith]: ‘Do not hit the face and do not make her ugly.’ In other words, not hitting that will bring the police, and break her hand and cause bleeding, or hitting that makes the face ugly.”

Al-Laham quoted the teachings of Muhammad known as the Hadith, which he said suggested using a “small brush” for hitting.

“The hitting is not meant to disfigure, harm or degrade. The hitting will be like a joke. He will hit her jokingly. Not a blow that breaks a bone or makes the face ugly, and he will not curse and the like,” the mufti said.

Excerpts from the interview were translated by Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli research organization that monitors Palestinian print, broadcast and Internet media outlets.

H/T The Blaze