The Bride's Boon

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    A wife's Rebellion[1] Against her Husband


    Qur’anic verses:


    As to those women on those part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them first .Next refuse to share their beds and lastly beat them (lightly) if they return to obedience, seek not means against them (of annoyance); for Allah is most high great (above you all).

    [An-Nisa’ : 34]



    Prophetic Hadiths:


    Listen! Treat women kindly, they are like prisoners in your hands. Beyond this, do not use any thing from them. If they are guilty of flagrant misbehaviors, you can remove them from your beds and beat them but do not inflict upon them any sever punishment. Then, If they obey you, you do not have recourse to anything else against them.

    [Reported by Tirmidhi]


    None of you should flog his wife as he flogs a slave and then have sexual intercourse with her in the last part of the day.

    [Reported by Bukhari and Muslim]




    A Husband's Rebellion Against His Wife[2]

    Qur’anic verses:


    {If a wife fears cruelty or desertion on her husband's part, there is no blame on them if they arrange an amicable settlement between themselves, and such settlement is best; even though men's soul are swayed by greed. But if ye do God and practice self restraint, Allah is well- acquainted with all that you do.}

    [Al-Nisa': 128]





    Qur'anic verses:


    {If ye tear a breach between them twain, appoint two arbiters, one from his family, and the other from hers; if they seek set things aright, Allah will cause their reconciliation: for Allah has full knowledge, and is acquainted with all things.}

                                            [Al-Nisa: 35]


    [1] Before delving into the point, we would like to explain the physical and psychological changes that a woman has when menstruating. Therefore, a husband should put into his consideration that changes when treating his wife while menstruation.

    In this book "Al-Hijab" Mawdudi said, "Biologist and anatomists, mentioned some physical changes encompassing the menstruation period:

    (1)           low temperature

    (2)           low pressure

    (3)           change in glands

    (4)           low excretion of salts

    (5)           bad digestion

    (6)           hard respiration

    (7)           laziness

    (8)           bad concentration

    Thus, we can realize why Islam forbids divorce while menstrual period.

    [2] We have mentioned before how a man can treat his rebellious wife. He may either admonish her, desert her or lightly beat her. Beating one's wife may be by a pillow as if he fondles her. Such beating may lead to reconciliation.

    As for husband's rebellion against his wife, it should be wisely analyzed by the wife. There is no harm if she starts to do whatever pleases him even if she waives her right of expenditure.

    The husband himself may be the cause of the woman’s disobedience and rebelliousness. For example, he may be very stingy and miserly. He may also be very emotional and excitable. He may also be someone who is very harsh, tough and despotic. He may be one who forces his will and decisions upon his wife in every matter without consulting with her, taking into consideration her feelings, exchanging views on the matter and being pleasant with this wife. He might consider his wife like some kind of chattel [instead of another human] and therefore deals with her with coldness and coarseness without any compassion or gentleness. [Translator’s Footnote: A disease that seems to afflict many men in their ability to be very kind and brotherly to their brothers but extremely cold and harsh towards their own wives. Obviously, their wives have more rights upon them than any of their brothers in Islam. This mistaken behavior must be corrected.] The cause for that may also be in his evil friends who sow discontent and evil between a man and his wife by leading him and pushing him to disliking and hating his wife and wishing to be free from her. "[In fact,] (his extreme good nature beyond normal limits) may also lead to his wife to change her disposition and make her try to override him and then disobey his commands and elevate herself above him." [Majallah al-Jundi aI-Muslim, p. 29, fn.1.]

    "He may cause his wife different forms of harm, such as cursing her or her family, reviling her, verbally abusing her for the tiniest of reasons. He may insult her because of her family, if it is less prestigious or honorable than his. Or [another act of rebellion on his part is that] he may try to bring harm to her by divorcing her and then, before the waiting period is finished, bring her back as his wife and then divorce her again. All this is done without the intention of returning to a real married life but simply to harm her and transgress her rights. Or he may avoid having sexual intercourse with her for no reason or legal sanction. This may lead the woman to lose her chastity and doing something forbidden. " [Al­-Bahuti al-Hanbali, Kishaaf al-Qina an Matn al-Iqna , vol. 5, pp. 184, 290, 213; Ibn Abideen, Radd al-Mukhtar ala al-Darr al-Mukhtar wa Hashiyah, vol. 3, p. 190; Tafseer al-Manaar, vol. 5, p. 76.]

    Shaikh aI-Islam ibn Taimiya stated, "The harm that comes about to the woman by the man avoiding sexual intercourse with her is such that the marriage may be dissolved under every circumstance, regardless if it was intentional from the husband or unintentional, or it- he had the ability to perform sexual intercourse or not.” [Ibn Taimiyah, al-Fatawa al-Kubra, vol. 4, p. 562; Ibn Taimiyah, Majmuah al-Fatawa, vol. 32, p. 40.] [Rebellion on the part of the husband includes] when he orders her to do something forbidden or illegal, such as going out in public displaying her beauty or uncovering parts of her that must be covered, to go among men she is not related to, to drink alcohol or take drugs, go to clubs and salons wherein bad things are taking place.

    Also from rebellion on the part of the husband is his not fulfilling his marital obligations. For example, he makes life difficult for her with respect to her food, drink, clothing and so forth. [Translator’s footnote: This is one of the biggest marital problems that one can see occurring in the West. Many times, the husbands simply do not support their wives and families. Although they have the physical and other means to work and support their families, they would resort to putting themselves and their families on the welfare system. Often times, the husbands will give the flimsiest excuses for not accepting work and therefore put families in such situations. Many times, the husband would rather force his wife to go out and work which, in the West, almost always involves putting the Muslim woman into  situations that she should not be put into rather than he accept a job that he is not completely pleased with. Hence, their families do not achieve the economic well-being that they deserve and, often, the wife loses respect for the husband as he is not performing one of his most important obligations of married life: providing maintenance for his wife and family. Sooner or later this often leads to many other problems within the marriage, although the root of those problems is the husband’s unwillingness to work and sustain the family. Or he makes her live in a residence that is not something suitable for her. In addition, included among the acts of rebellion is his unfair distribution of his time or where he stays [when he is married to more than one wife] without legal justification. Or, he may not fulfill the needs of his wife and children such that their well-being is not met. Or, he does things that hurt and dishonor his wife and show lack of respect for her, such as back-biting her, slandering her or joking about her. Or, he may be desirous of her wealth and forces her to spend it on his behalf. [The following are also acts that constitute rebellion on the part of the husband:] having anal  intercourse with her, which is forbidden and is never permissible, his traveling for fun, amusement and entertainment without taking her permission as he is thereby wasting ample wealth for a useless purpose, while that wealth is meant to sustain the rights of his household









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