The Rights of the Wife over the Husband

  • Allah (y) says: “And live with them in kindness. For if you dislike them, it may be that you dislike a thing and Allah brings through it a great deal of good.” (4:19)
  • Allah (y) says: “And due to the wives is similar to what is expected of them, according to what is reasonable. But the men have a degree over them [in responsibility and authority]. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” (2:228)
  • The Prophet (s) said: “The best of you is he who is the best to his family.” (Ibn Majah)
  • Hakeem b. Mu’awiyah al-Qushairi said that his father said: “O Messenger of Allah, what is the right of one of our wives over us?’ He said, ‘To feed and clothe her as one feeds and clothes himself. Do not slap her on the face, or say evil and nasty things to her. He should only forsake her in the bed [and not send her away to a separate house].’” (Abu Dawood)
  • The Prophet (s) said: “The most complete believers are the best mannered, and the best of you is he who is the best to his family.” (Ibn Hibban)
  • The Prophet (s) said: “...Fear Allah concerning women! Verily you have taken them on the security of Allah, and intercourse with them has been made lawful unto you by words of Allah. You too have right over them, and that they should not allow anyone to sit on your bed whom you do not like. But if they do that, you can rap them, but not severely. Their rights upon you are that you should provide them with food and clothing in a fitting manner...” (Muslim)
  • The Prophet (s) said: “Let a believer not completely hate a believing woman [to whom he is married], for if he hates a trait of hers, he might like another one [in her].” (Muslim)

    Indeed perfection belongs to Allah alone.