Rights of a Muslim Wife

There is a misconception that Islam doesn’t give proper rights to women. If you carefully study Islam in the lights of the Quran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ), you will understand that Islam is the only religion giving proper rights to a woman or wife. Islam is the complete code of life. According to Islam family makes up society. The family is formed of man and woman and it is extended by producing children. Allah says:

وَمِنْ آيَاتِهِ أَنْ خَلَقَ لَكُم مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَزْوَاجًا لِّتَسْكُنُوا إِلَيْهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَكُم مَّوَدَّةً وَرَحْمَةً إِنَّ فِي ذَٰلِكَ لَآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

“And among His Signs (is) that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquillity in them; and He placed between you love and mercy. Indeed, in that surely (are) Signs for a people who reflect.” (Surah Ar-Rum 30:21)

After getting married it’s the responsibility of the husband to take care of his wife in all aspects. Every Muslim must realize that one’s spouse is first and foremost on another. It’s the duty of all Muslims that they should give respect to one another. Husband and wife have been greater rights upon each other because they have to live together. Allah says:

لِيُنفِقْ ذُو سَعَةٍ مِّن سَعَتِهِ وَمَن قُدِرَ عَلَيْهِ رِزْقُهُ فَلْيُنفِقْ مِمَّا آتَاهُ اللَّهُ لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا مَا آتَاهَا سَيَجْعَلُ اللَّهُ بَعْدَ عُسْرٍ يُسْرًا

“Let spend owner of ample means from his ample means, and (he) who, is restricted on him his provision, let him spend from what Allah has given him. Allah does not burden any soul except (with) what He has given it. Allah will bring about after hardship ease.” (Surah At-Talaq 65:7)

The Hadith proves the importance of a husband in the wives’ world, but Islam also tells us the importance and rights of the wives in the husbands’ lives.

Here are some of the rights of a Muslim wife:

  1. A husband never let his wife feel unimportant and flawed
  2. A husband pay her compliments and be grateful to her
  3. A husband gives her some presents for no reason
  4. A happy marriage is based on self-development
  5. A happy marriage is based on mutual respect
  6. A good husband always encourages her wife
  7. A husband refrain from insulting your wife
  8. A husband sharing every happy moment
  9. A Muslim Husband must have a balance
  10. A husband gives time to your wife
  11. A husband be kind to your wife
  12. A good wife should be a priority for you
  13. A good husband is always a good listener
  14. A husband make sure you take her consent
  15. A husband treat her in the best way possible
  16. A husband resolve the problems in the best way  
  17. A Husband should care about her interests and desires
  18. A husband never go to bed if you hurt each other’s feelings
  19. A husband be sincere when you forgive or ask for forgiveness
  20. A husband refresh relationship by saying that you love each other

Islam religion renders enough rights to the women as the religion, but it depends on the men to further attain their law f equality which women deserve. One of the most important rights of the wife over her husband is support. As per the statement of Allah Almighty in the Holy Quran,

وَآتُوا النِّسَاءَ صَدُقَاتِهِنَّ نِحْلَةً فَإِن طِبْنَ لَكُمْ عَن شَيْءٍ مِّنْهُ نَفْسًا فَكُلُوهُ هَنِيئًا مَّرِيئًا

“And give the women their dower graciously. But if they remit to you anything of it (on there) own, then eat it (in) satisfaction (and) ease.” (Surah An-Nisa, 4:4)

Even in today’s world, people, especially women, remain unaware of the immense number of rights the Almighty has bestowed them with. In Islam, the wife’s rights are hers and hers alone. A woman’s identity is irrespective of another; she is her own person and Allah (SWT) demands it to be so. Let us look at some of the major rights wives possess in the realm of Islam.

Here are some rights of a Muslim wife:

  • A woman can remarry after her divorce or at the death of her husband
  • A wife has the right to take Khula (separation) from her husband 
  • A husband should help his wife in domestic affairs 
  • A husband helps her at home for no due reason
  • Every husband is responsible for providing his wife with food clothing and shelter
  • A husband should not lack in praising the qualities of his wife, in front of her, others
  • A husband should help selfishly devote himself towards his wife, giving her unconditional love
  • A husband has no right to stop his wife from visiting her parent’s house or close family or to keep

أَسْكِنُوهُنَّ مِنْ حَيْثُ سَكَنتُم مِّن وُجْدِكُمْ وَلَا تُضَارُّوهُنَّ لِتُضَيِّقُوا عَلَيْهِنَّ وَإِن كُنَّ أُولَاتِ حَمْلٍ فَأَنفِقُوا عَلَيْهِنَّ حَتَّىٰ يَضَعْنَ حَمْلَهُنَّ فَإِنْ أَرْضَعْنَ لَكُمْ فَآتُوهُنَّ أُجُورَهُنَّ وَأْتَمِرُوا بَيْنَكُم بِمَعْرُوفٍ وَإِن تَعَاسَرْتُمْ فَسَتُرْضِعُ لَهُ أُخْرَىٰ

“Lodge them [from] where you dwell, (out) of your means and (do) not harm them to distress [on] them. And if they are pregnant, then spend on them until they deliver their burden. Then if they suckle for you, then give them their payment, and consult among yourselves with kindness, but if you disagree, then may suckle for him another (women).” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:228)

Spending time with your wife doing what she likes is a form of worship. The woman, who makes his home and takes care of his children, deserves to have a fun relationship with her husband. Thus proven, Islam gives women enough rights as a religion, it is then up to us, as men, to further their rights and help them attain the level of equality they deserve – because it is they who bear much trouble to make our lives happier and more comfortable.

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