Salam, the verse doesn't instruct you to beat your wives lightly at all ... It means "seperate" from them for A period of time ... ! Evidence below... > Adriboo (root: daraba): to beat, to strike, to hit, to separate, to part.  In the context of the above verse the most appropriate meaning for nushuz is 'marital discord' (ill-will, animosity etc), and for adriboo is 'to separate' or 'to part'.   Otherwise, it is inviting the likelihood of a divorce without any reconciliation procedure.  Such