TORONTO - A letter of support from Ontario’s labour minister appears in the latest edition of a book on Islam which condones men physically punishing their wives.
The letter from Yasir Naqvi appears in the reviews section of Islam: Balancing Life and Beyond. The book says it is within the tenants of Islam to “lightly” strike your spouse if she exhibits “serious moral misconduct.”
Naqvi congratulates the author, Suhail Kapoor, on the release of the new edition.
“I admire your drive to reach out to the public and promote values of tolerance, understanding and respect,” Naqvi said in the letter.
Kapoor told the Toronto Sun he wrote Naqvi asking for a review of his book. When he received a response to his request more than two years ago, he asked permission to reprint it and says it was granted by the Ottawa-Centre MPP’s office.
But the Liberal MPP said Monday he hasn’t read the book and didn’t authorize use of his response.
Naqvi said he has never read Kapoor’s work and has brought forward several private member’s bills to help victims of domestic violence.