Eyes on Sydney: the train to Parramatta

Welcome to a new feature of this website: Eyes on Sydney.

It will contain regular updates about the state of Sydney. Don’t get too optimistic…


Eyes on Sydney was on the train from Central to Parramatta late last week.

About six rows behind the Eyes were four young Muslim men, all aged under 25. They were discussing, in a mixture of Arabic and clear English, the topic of the day: can a Muslim husband beat his wife?

One stated: ‘The sheikh said you can hit with your left hand, the weakest hand’.

Another responded: ‘What if your strongest hand is the left hand?’.

A very good question in the context of the Koranic rules, regulations and recent debate.

The dialogue continued back and forth in Arabic, before a third stated: ‘You must use the weakest hand, avoiding the face, and you mustn’t leave any marks’.

The men of this most feminist religion disembarked at Granville…


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  1. What an interesting discussion about aspects of sharia law.

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  2. What an outstanding cultural exchange.

    What caring understanding nuanced types. How thoughtful these young gentlemen not wanting to HIT their women too hard, WOW what a catch these guys would be for a young lady

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  3. I wonder if anyone has bother to tell them that because they live in Australia that wife beating is against the law and it’s not a so called religious right.

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