For every Muslim wife it is important to know her role in establishing a harmonious relationship with her husband according to the Quran and the Sunnah (traditions of the Prophet [may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him]). The characteristics and behaviours of the Western (& Eastern) cultured wives has become the cause for many marital break-ups. This is of no surprise, the women of the west are encouraged to go against nature and compete with man in his role i.e. providing, authority etc.
In Islam there is no clash or competition between the Husband and Wife, both are different genders and both have unique roles. For those sincere women that wish to adhere to Islam must know and carry out the following duties:
1. Obeying the Husband
The sign of a righteous woman is that she obeys her husband in all matters that Islam has permitted to the best of her ability, Allah (SWT) said,
“…the righteous women are devoutly obedient (to Allah and to their husbands)…” 4:34
The Messenger of Allah gave glad tidings to those righteous women that obey their husbands, he (SAW) said,
“If the women offer prayers fives times a day, protect their honour and chastity and remain faithful to her husband, she may enter paradise by whatever gate she desires” reported in Taghreeb ul Tarheeb.
Those wives who are rebellious and disobedient towards their husbands will not have their supplications answered, for Muhammad (SAW) said,
“There are two types of person whose prayer will not rise above their heads; a slave who deserts his master until he returns back to his service and a women who shows disobedience to her husband until she abstains from this behaviour” reported in Taghreeb ul Tarheeb.
2. Showing Gratefulness to the Husband
Displaying gratitude, appreciation and complementing the husband for his acts will generate respect and strengthen the loving bond for the husband towards his wife. However, those women...