Islam is a very beautiful religion as it has appointed equal rights for both men and women. There are several misconceptions that it doesn’t give proper rights to women. These are either baseless or comes from a person who has no information about it at all.
Men and Women Equally
It is evident from the Quran and many Hadiths that Islam treats men and women equally. There is no superiority. Allah Almighty has mentioned in the Quran,
“And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find tranquility in them, and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed, in that are signs for a people who give thought.” (Al Quran 30:21)
Rights of Wife in Islam
“And they (women) have rights (over their husbands) similar (to those of their husbands) over them (as regards obedience and respect) to what is reasonable.” (Al Quran 2:228)
So let’s explore some of the key rights of wife in Islam that Islam has appointed for her and should be properly followed by her husband.
Acts of Respect and Kindness
It is the duty of a husband to show acts of kindness and respect towards his wife. Our great Holy Prophet (PBUH) has always advised men to treat their wives with kindness and look at them with respect.
The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The most perfect man in his faith among the believers is the one whose behavior is most excellent, and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives.” (Tirmidhi)
The Holy Prophet (ﷺ) also mentioned,
“I entreat you to treat women well for they have been created from a rib and the most crooked part of a rib is the upper part. If you insist on straightening it, you will break it. If you leave it, it will remain crooked. So, I entreat you to treat women well.” (Bukhari)
To Spend Upon her
Allah Almighty has set up a huge reward for all those who spend on their wives. It is advised to the Muslim husbands to spend on their wives as they will be rewarded for it on the day of judgment.
The messenger of Allah, Hazrat Muhammad (ﷺ) has stated,
“You will be rewarded for whatever you spend for Allah’s sake even if it were a morsel which you put in your wife’s mouth.” (Sahih al-Bukhari)
To Give Protection to her
A Muslim husband is never allowed to be harsh towards his wife. He is the protector of her and her emotional as well as physical well-being. He must take care of her and all of her needs.
Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) 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. Their rights upon you are that you should provide them food and clothing in a fitting manner.” (Muslim, 1218)
To Keep her Secrets
It is the moral duty of a husband to keep all of his wife’s secrets inside his heart. He is not allowed to expose them out in front of the entire world. A husband is the only confidant a wife can have and trust in her life.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) stated,
“The most wicked among the people in the eye of Allah on the Day of judgment is the men who go to his wife and she comes to him, and then he divulges her secret.” (Sahih Muslim)
To be Loving towards her
To be loving towards your wife is one of the Sunnahs of our beloved Prophet (ﷺ). He (ﷺ) has advised the Muslim men to
- Love your wife
- Appreciate her beauty
- Help her with households
- Fulfill her needs and desires
- Always use nice words for her
- Keep telling her how much you love her and how important she is to you
Do not hate her
A husband is forbidden to hate his wife. He should develop some good manners towards his wife and should not be angry upon her. Those who find faults with their wives are not liked by Allah and his messenger.
Our Holy Prophet (ﷺ) has advised the Muslim men that he should not dislike his wife. He (ﷺ) said,
“A believer must not hate (his wife) believing woman; if he dislikes one of her characteristics he will be pleased with another”. (Muslim)
Right of Khula
Islam has provided the right of Khula to the wives. There is a section in Nikah-Nama that is crossed by many of the Muslim families. This section briefed the right of Khula for Muslim wives.
Living in an abusive marriage is not tolerable for any woman. So, if you are not happy with your spouse then you can appeal for Khula, and Islam has completely defended this right of wives.
Parents should be really careful about this section and should not cross it to ensure the safety and future of their daughters.
These were some of the basic rights that Islam has given to the wife. Apart from these, there are several other rights as well that Allah Almighty has allotted to Muslim women.