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Rights of Husband and Wife Over Each Other

by | Nov 21, 2012

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Dear brothers and sisters, if you are married, you should read this interesting article about the Husband’s rights to bring revolution in your married life. If not, you should also read to gain knowledge for your future life. Marriage is half of the deen (faith). If you are married or married, you are fulfilling a religious duty. Completing half of your Emaan (faith). So here you are:

To make your married life happiest, Allah, the Almighty, has prescribed the list of duties and responsibilities for both spouses. If followed, this list confirms marital bliss for the spouses. So dear fellows, we see many separated and sad spouses. Let us tell you about these marital problems. These are because we are not following the rules and regulations. Given by Allah for a happy married life. So dear ladies and gents, don’t worry; we are here to tell you the solutions. And give you an overlook to be a happy married Muslim Family (in sha Allah).

What Are The Rights Of Husband in Islam?

  • Respect

It is the right of the Husband that should be respected in all situations unless he is forcing his wife to go against Islamic Obligation.

  • Trust

The relationship between Husband and wife is built based on trust. The wife has to be loyal to his Husband and share everything with him honestly.

  • Respect His Opinion

If the Husband doesn’t like someone, then the wife should not allow that person in the house.

It was narrated that Jaabir said: [the Prophet] (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) 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 rights over them, and they should not allow anyone to sit on your bed [i.e., not let them into the house] whom you do not like. But if they do that, you can chastise them but not severely. Their rights upon you are that you should provide them with food and clothing in a fitting manner” (Narrated by Muslim, 1218)

The same goes for things and the setup of a home. The Husband’s opinion should be respected in all matters of the house.

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (R.A) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“It is not permitted for a woman to fast when her Husband is present without his permission. Or to admit anyone into his house without his permission. And whatever she spends (in charity) of his wealth without his consent, ….”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4899; Muslim, 1026)

  • Women Is Responsible For Husband’s Property

It is not allowed for a woman to give anything to someone without the permission and consent of his Husband. As the Holy Prophet (SAW) said,

“The woman is the guardian of her husband’s house and is responsible for it.”


  • 5 Sexual Rights

It includes the Husband’s rights once the conditions of the marriage contract have been fulfilled and are valid. Then the woman is obliged to submit herself to her Husband and allow him to enjoy her (physically) because once the contract is completed, he is allowed in return to enjoy her, and the wife is entitled to the compensation, which is the mahr.

Abu Ali Talq ibn Ali narrates that The Prophet (saws) said:

‘When a man sends for his wife to satisfy his need, she should go to him even if she may be occupied baking bread.’

 (Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 284)

Dear sisters, Allah has also promised to give wives great rewards for fulfilling their husbands’ rights.

Our beloved Holt Prophet (SAW) said:

“Any woman who dies while her husband is pleased with her will enter Jannah.”


Husband’s Duties To His Wife

Allah Says in the Surah Nisaa verse 34:

“Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because Allah has given the one more than the other. And because they support them by their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient and guard in (the Husband’s) absence what Allah would have them guard (their innocence, their Husband’s honor, property, etc.).‏”

  • Financial Support

The first and foremost responsibility of the Husband is to take responsibility for maintaining the financial setup of the house. The Husband is responsible for taking care of the needs of his wife.

لِيُنفِقْ ذُو سَعَةٍ مِّن سَعَتِهِۦ ۖ وَمَن قُدِرَ عَلَيْهِ رِزْقُهُۥ فَلْيُنفِقْ مِمَّآ ءَاتَىٰهُ ٱللَّهُ ۚ لَا يُكَلِّفُ ٱللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا مَآ ءَاتَىٰهَا ۚ سَيَجْعَلُ ٱللَّهُ بَعْدَ عُسْرٍ يُسْرًا

Let a man of wealth spend from his wealth, and he whose provision is limited – let him spend from what Allāh has given him. Allāh does not burden any soul except [according to] what He has given it. Allāh will bring about, after hardship, ease [i.e., relief].

(At-Talaq: 7)

If a wife wants to support his Husband financially, she can do this, also. But it is not giving financial support to the family is not compensatory for the wife as a husband.

  • Respect

As the wife must respect her Husband, the Husband is also obliged to respect his wife. Give attention to his opinion and be polite to her.

  • Be Partners In Decision Making Process

A husband should always trust his wife. Share all the problems with him as the Holy Prophet (SAW) said that the Husband and wife are like garments for each other. It is compensatory for the spouses to be sincere to each other and not bring the secrets between them the knowledge of any third person.

  • Be Patient And Tolerate

The keyword behind any happy Islamic marriage is “tolerance, “i.e., don’t make excuses to your spouse uselessly. Rather you should discuss the matters.

The Prophet Muhammad (SAW):

“No one likes seeking excuses (for people) more than Allah, and He had sent the givers of glad tidings and the warners.”

(Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

If the wife makes any mistake, a husband should be tolerated it in a way that he should peacefully and calmly talk to her about the matter. Try to resolve the issue by dialogue instead of fighting and beating his wife.

The Prophet (s) said:

“Do not beat your wife.”

He also said:

 “Do not strike your wife in the face.”

Our Holy Prophet (saw) has condemned the man who beats his wife in the day and then approaches her at night. And to beat her to the extent of inflicting serious injury is enough grounds for her to obtain a divorce from the judge.

  • Care

The Husband should take care of the wife in all matters of life. He should especially care for the fulfillment of her sexual needs. If a wife asks for intercourse, he should not deny her unless due to any medical ailment.

 So dear brothers and sisters, If you trust, obey, and follow the commands and guidance of Almighty Allah and Prophet (SAW), then it can be assured that you will never be misled. Going away from these guidelines can be assured of being strayed, making your marital life sad and conflicting, and going down the wrong path (God forbid).

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