Enormities: A Wife’s Rebelling Against Her Husband

This is another article in the chapter Enormities from the classical manual on Sharia called Reliance of the Traveller. The articles are posted one by one in the order they are given in the book.

p42.0 A WIFE’S REBELLING AGAINST HER HUSBAND (def: m10.12)
p42.1 Allah Most High says:
“Men are the guardians of women, since Allah has been more generous to one than the other, and because of what they [men] spend from their wealth. So righteous women will be obedient, and in absence watchful, for Allah is watchful. And if you fear their intractability, warn them, send them from bed, or hit them. But if they obey you, seek no way to blame them” (Koran 4:34).
p42.2 The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said:
(1) “Allah will not look at a woman who is ungrateful to her husband, while unable to do without him.”
(2) “When a man calls his wife to his bed and she will not come, and he spends the night angry with her, the angels curse her until morning.”
(3) “It is not lawful for a woman to fast when her husband is present, save by his leave. Nor to permit anyone into his house except with his permission.”
(4) “Whoever leaves her husband’s house [A: without his permission], the angels curse her until she returns or repents.”
(Khalil Nahlawi:) It is a condition for the permissibility of her going out (dis: m10.3-4) that she take no measures to enhance her beauty, and that her figure is concealed or altered to a form unlikely to draw looks from men or attract them. Allah Most High says,
“Remain in your homes and do not display your beauty as women did in the pre-Islamic period of ignorance” (Koran 33:33).
(al-Durar al-mubaha (y99), 160)

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