45. Rights & Responsibilities Synopsis

by PureMatrimony.com on February 13th, 2013

PureMatrimony.com has provided Wise Wives with this resourceful and basic synopsis of the rights and responsibilities of both husband and wife under Islam. Look out for more entries provided by them in the future inshallah.

The rights of a wife:
The rights and responsibilities of women as wives in Islam are numerous, and if followed properly inshallah, they help avoid conflict in the home. The wife has many rights, some of which are mentioned below:
  1. To be treated with kindness: Allah says, “… and consort with them in kindness.” (An-Nisa’: 19)
  2. To be looked after, provided for and maintained with honor and dignity: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said in his khutbah during the Farewell Pilgrimage: “Their (women’s) rights over you are that you should provide for them and clothe them in a reasonable manner.”
  3. Men should maintain their women in accordance to their means and provide women with:
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Clothing
General care Allah dislikes extravagance and miserliness, so women should consider their husband’s means and not ask for things in excess of their need, nor should they be denied things out of miserliness.

To maintain a wife with honor and dignity means:
  • Being treated kindly and justly.
  • Being respectful of her and not degrading or humiliating her for asking for her rights.
  • Never harming her physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • Giving the wife the right of divorce if the husband does not love her.
The responsibilities of a wife:
  1. Not allowing people into the home which the husband doesn’t approve of.
  2. Taking care of her husband’s belongings and her marital home.
  3. Not withholding the right to have children from him.
  4. To beautify herself for her husband and to give him her full attention when he asks of it.
  5. Being respectful to her husband at all times and not challenging him or being disobedient.
Women are known as the heart of the home, and should be treated as such. A good wife will ensure that she meets her husband’s expectations and looks after him so that he may inshallah return the love and have mercy upon her. Similarly, a good husband will ensure that he fulfills the rights of his wife without causing her any kind of injustice or emotional harm.

In the end, remember that Allah has made your husband the Ameer, "King," of the home, so honor this and be true to your responsibilities with patience and sincerity and inshallah you will be rewarded many times over by Allah.
The rights of a husband:
  1. To be respected by his wife and treated with dignity and honor.
  2. A husband has the right to intimacy with his wife when he wants – no matter how busy she is.
  3. The husband has the right not to have people he dislikes in his home and his wife should honor this in case it causes anger or resentment in his heart.
  4. The husband has the right to have his possessions protected and entrusted by his wife.
The responsibilities of a husband:

Men are placed as protection for their families and Allah has likened them to shepherd:
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Every one of you is a guardian and every one of you is responsible (for those under your ward). A ruler is a guardian and is responsible (for his subjects); a man is a guardian of his family and responsible (for them); a wife is a guardian of her husband's house and she is responsible (for it), a slave is a guardian of his master's property and is responsible (for that). Beware! All of you are guardians and are responsible (for those your wards)."  Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith.
  1. Maintaining his family by providing for his wife and children without being harsh or humiliating.
  2. To protect his wife with ‘jealousy’ so that other men do not look at her.
  3. To give his family their own living quarters away from his own family so they can live in peace without any problems.
  4. To provide everything his children need without placing this burden on the mother.
  5. To treat his family with the utmost kindness and not to harm his wife.
  6. Treat his wife with kindness as Allah says: “They (wives) are your garments and you are their garments.” (2:187)
A husband has many rights and responsibilities to his wife and family, and a good husband will ensure that he fulfills his obligations while a good wife will fulfill hers.

In such marriages, Allah places much goodness so that a husband and wife can live in peace and harmony inshallah.
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