I saw this video a long time ago but stumbled upon it again today. In the video, an imam giving khutbah explains to the men how to beat their wives. According to the imam, when one buys a car, they receive a manual with it; similarly, Quran is the manual from the Creator. A man “must not be ashamed before other nations of the world to admit that wife beating is part of our religious law, because these nations are still in their days of ignorance.” Western people are encouraged to draw wisdom from this “wondrous verse” and acknowledge that there are women “with whom life is impossible without beatings.”
I think Muslim Feminists must encourage the readings of alternative interpretations of this verse in question. There is of course Edip Yuksel‘s interpretation, another view on Alif Laam Meem, and Zuhura also discusses this verse here.