Rights Of A Muslim Wife Over Her Husband

Although the husband has rights over the wife, such as being in charge of the house and making most decisions, the wife also is also entitled to some rights over their husbands. Men should allow their wives to make certain decisions and also have an impact in the marriage. This will make them feel empowered and respected.


Here’s a sneak peak at the rights the wife has over the husband:

Dowry (Mahr)-

Every man is obliged to pay a dowry in order to marry a woman. Mahr, an Arabic word for ‘dowry’, is the money to which the wife is entitled from her husband when the marriage contract is completed or when the marriage is consummated. It is a right which the man is obliged to pay to the woman. Allah Almighty Says (what means): “And give the women [upon marriage] their [bridal] gifts graciously. But if they give up willingly to you anything of it, then take it in satisfaction and ease.” [Quran 4: 4]

Support (Nafaqah)-

Men should also recall that being the husband, if you never bother for the sustenance of your wives, you’ve committed a severe crime of depriving Allah’s SubHanuhuwaTa’ala creatures of their rights. . The Holy Qur’an says: “Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah SubHanuhuwaTa’ala has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means.” [4:34]

Physical Relations-

The husband should satisfy his wife’s physical needs. The Sharee’ah has not prescribed any limit for this. But, he has to ensure that woman’s minimum sexual requirements are met so that she may not commit a sin by eyeing other men in order to quench her thirst. There are certain men who, after marriage, do not take care of the sexual needs of their wives. Allah SubHanuhuwaTa’ala has granted women the right to conjugal relations with their husbands

Not to be beaten-

The husband should not beat up his wife without her committing a most severe crime. The Messenger of Allah SallAllahoAlaihiwaSallam has said: “Nobody should beat up his wife as he does beat up his slave. He should make love with her later some time.”

However, if the woman commits a bigger crime, the husband can beat her not in vengeance but with the intention of reforming her and as a warning.  While beating, he should take care that she should not be hurt seriously.

To Have A Husband That is There For Her

For a peaceful and prosperous marriage, both the wife and the husband should take care of each other’s sentiments and emotions. The anger of husband brings to the wife nothing but tension, depression and confusion. Similarly, the anger of the wife brings to the husband nothing but disappointment, mental torture, frustration and bitterness. It is, therefore, advisable to both husband and wife to be patient and compassionate in their dealings.

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