Rights Of A Muslim Wife Every Husband Should Know

The rights of a Muslim wife are intrinsically linked to Islamic teachings, encompassing emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects. To maintain Islamic Sharia & Sunnah and be better husbands, we must know our wives’ rights in Islam and do our best to fulfill those rights.

Wives have financial rights over their husbands and get kindness and shelter from Muslim husbands. We should express our love for them through words and actions, showing affection and tenderness. Also, our wives need companionship and playfulness for happiness and love.

It’s your responsibility as a husband to give your wife her rights and understand her importance to you. In light of this, let us explore what rights our wife is entitled to from us under Islamic Sharia law.

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Marriage is viewed as a profound bond governed by the principles of kindness, respect, and mutual understanding in Islamic beliefs. As Muslim husbands, our spouses are entitled to the following rights:

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No 01. Kindness and Non-Harm

Rights Of A Muslim Wife - Kindness and Non-Harm

As a husband, treat your wife with kindness and ensure that you don’t cause her any harm. You must create an atmosphere of harmony within your marriage. 

In Surah Ar-Rum 30:21, Allah Says

وَمِنْ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦٓ أَنْ خَلَقَ لَكُم مِّنْ أَنفُسِكُمْ أَزْوَٰجًۭا لِّتَسْكُنُوٓا۟ إِلَيْهَا وَجَعَلَ بَيْنَكُم مَّوَدَّةًۭ وَرَحْمَةً ۚ إِنَّ فِى ذَٰلِكَ لَـَٔايَـٰتٍۢ لِّقَوْمٍۢ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ ٢١

“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.”

Abu Hurairah narrated that The Messenger of Allah said:

“The most complete of the believers in faith, is the one with the best character among them. And the best of you are those who are best to your women.” [Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1162]

It encompasses not only physical safety but also emotional and psychological well-being. Show your wife gentleness and consideration, always seeking to understand her feelings and needs. Remember that small acts of kindness can have a profound impact on the happiness of your marriage.

No 02. Expressions of Love

To fulfill your wife’s rights, you should regularly express your love and affection towards her, reinforcing the bond of your marital relationship. Islam emphasizes the importance of expressing love through both words and actions.

Remember to compliment her on her appearance; it will make her feel cherished and valued. Simple gestures like holding her hand, hugging her, or giving her a gentle kiss on the forehead can go a long way in conveying your affection.

Also, you need to fulfill the sexual rights of your wife. According to Islamic teachings, sexual relations should be regular and mutually satisfying for both parties. Also, try to fulfill her reasonable requests promptly, as this demonstrates your love and care for her.

No 03. Playfulness and Companionship

Playfulness and Companionship

To create a loving and fulfilling marital relationship, prioritize playfulness and companionship with your wife. Engaging in playful activities and fostering companionship will bring joy and happiness to your marital relationship.

The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) showed us the importance of playfulness and companionship in his own relationship with his wives. Hazrat Aisha Radi Allahu Anhu said:

حَدَّثَنَا حَفْصُ بْنُ عَمْرٍو، حَدَّثَنَا عُمَرُ بْنُ حَبِيبٍ الْقَاضِي، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامُ بْنُ عُرْوَةَ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، قَالَتْ كُنْتُ أَلْعَبُ بِالْبَنَاتِ وَأَنَا عِنْدَ، رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ فَكَانَ يُسَرِّبُ إِلَىَّ صَوَاحِبَاتِي يُلاَعِبْنَنِي ‏.‏

“I used to play with dolls when I was with the Messenger of Allah, and he used to bring my friends to me to play with me.” [Sunan Ibn Majah 1982]

By incorporating playfulness into your relationship, you can strengthen the bond you share with your wife. Also, companionship is vital for a successful marriage. Take the time to engage in meaningful conversations, listen attentively, and support each other.

No 04. Guidance in Matters of Faith

Support and encourage your wife on her spiritual journey as a Muslim husband. It is one of the most right and important things a Muslim can do for his wife. Allah has entrusted you with the duty to lead your household in righteousness, including nurturing your wife’s faith.

In Surah An-Nisa 4:31, Allah Says:

ٱلرِّجَالُ قَوَّٰمُونَ عَلَى ٱلنِّسَآءِ بِمَا فَضَّلَ ٱللَّهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍۢ وَبِمَآ أَنفَقُوا۟ مِنْ أَمْوَٰلِهِمْ ۚ فَٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتُ قَـٰنِتَـٰتٌ حَـٰفِظَـٰتٌۭ لِّلْغَيْبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ ٱللَّهُ ۚ وَٱلَّـٰتِى تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ وَٱهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِى ٱلْمَضَاجِعِ وَٱضْرِبُوهُنَّ ۖ فَإِنْ أَطَعْنَكُمْ فَلَا تَبْغُوا۟ عَلَيْهِنَّ سَبِيلًا ۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيًّۭا كَبِيرًۭا ٣٤

“Men are caretakers of women, since Allah has made some of them excel the others, and because of the wealth they have spent. So, the righteous women are obedient, (and) guard (the property and honor of their husbands) in (their) absence with the protection given by Allah. As for women of whom you fear rebellion, convince them, and leave them apart in beds, and beat them. Then, if they obey you, do not seek a way against them. Surely, Allah is the Highest, the Greatest.”

Encourage her to perform her daily prayers, observe fasting during Ramadan, and participate in acts of charity. Lead by example, showing her the beauty and rewards of a life devoted to Allah.

No 05. Respect During Pregnancy

Respect During Pregnancy

During this special time, it is vital for you as a husband to demonstrate respect and support for your pregnant wife. Pregnancy is a miraculous period filled with physical and emotional changes for your wife.

As a husband, it’s your duty to provide her with understanding, care, and accommodation during these challenges. It’s one of the physical rights of a wife in Islam.

Show your respect by being attentive to her physical and emotional needs. Offer to accompany her to doctor’s appointments and childbirth classes, and try to educate yourself about the stages of pregnancy. Be patient and understanding when she experiences mood swings or physical discomfort.

Your support and encouragement will help her feel valued and loved during this sacred journey of motherhood. May Allah bless you and your wife during this blessed time.

No 06. Financial Support and Fair Distribution

To fulfill the rights of a Muslim wife from her husband, you must provide financial support and ensure a fair distribution of resources.

This financial support should cover the basic needs of your wife, such as food, clothing, shelter, and any additional requirements. Also, it is necessary to distribute resources fairly within the family, treating each member with equity and justice.

Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “Everyone of you is a guardian and is responsible for his charges. The ruler who has authority over people, is a guardian and is responsible for them, a man is a guardian of his family and is responsible for them; a woman is a guardian of her husband’s house and children and is responsible for them; a slave (‘Abu) is a guardian of his master’s property and is responsible for it; so all of you are guardians and are responsible for your charges.”

No 07. Privacy of Confidential Matters

Privacy of Confidential Matters

Respect your wife’s privacy by keeping intimate matters confidential. As a husband, it’s your duty to safeguard the purity of your marital relationship. Intimate matters are meant to be shared between you and your wife alone.

Social media may tempt you to share personal details, but remember that the trust and dignity of your wife depend on your discretion. By keeping these matters private, you demonstrate your respect for her and reinforce the intimacy between you.

Uphold the values of trust and honor, and let your actions reflect the piety and knowledge that Islam teaches us. May Allah guide us in preserving the privacy of our wives.

The Role of Muslim Husbands in Cherishing Their Wives

In the sacred bond of marriage, a Muslim wife is bestowed with rights by her husband, reflecting the beauty and balance of Islamic teachings. Like a delicate flower, she’s nurtured and protected, her needs and well-being cherished.

Islamic principles offer a comprehensive guide for both husbands and wives, covering everything from partner selection to expressing love, fostering companionship, and keeping privacy. With knowledge and piety, these rights are honored, ensuring harmony and love within couples.

May every Muslim husband embrace his role with devotion, upholding the rights of his wife, and together, may they flourish like a garden in full bloom.






Omar Abdullah

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