The Prophet’s Teachings Regarding Women

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “The believers who show the most perfect Faith are those who have the best behaviour, and the best of you are those who are the best to their wives”.
[At-Tirmidhi].

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “Take my advice with regard to women: Act kindly towards women, for they were created from a rib, and the most curved part of a rib is its uppermost. If you attempt to straighten it; you will break it, and if you leave it alone it will remain curved; so act kindly toward women”

Commentary:  Men get upset with women because they do not think like men many times times.  For example, women may be nicer or more polite in saying no; instead of  a stern no.  This could annoy a husband.  Many similar examples can be mentioned.  Also, women tend to say things indirectly instead of being blunt as men are used to with each other.  So, the Prophet teaches us not to be upset with women because they are different from the men in some respects and alway be nice to them.  Many times men want women to act as men.  The Prophet called this phenomenon as the women being “curved” and don’t try to straighten it because they will “break”.  Lose there inner feminine beauty.

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “A woman is like a rib, if you attempt to straighten it, you will break it; and if you benefit from her, you will do so while the curve remains in her”

Prophet (PBUH) giving a speech when he mentioned the she-camel (of Prophet Salih) and the man who had killed her. Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “Some of you beat your wives as if they were slaves, and then lie with them at the end of the day”.”

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “A believer must not hate (his wife) believing woman; if he dislikes one of her characteristics he will be pleased with another”.
[Muslim]

Prophet (PBUH) saying on his Farewell Pilgrimage, after praising and glorifying Allah and admonishing people, “Treat women kindly, they are in your hands; you do not owe anything else from them. . You have rights over your wives and they have their rights over you. Your right is that they shall not permit anyone you dislike to enter your home, and their right is that you should treat them well…”
[At-Tirmidhi]

I asked Messenger of Allah (PBUH): “What right can any wife demand of her husband?” He replied, “You should give her food when you eat, clothe her when you clothe yourself, not strike her on the face, and do not revile her or separate from her except in the house”.
[Abu Dawud].

commentary:  “strike on her face” does not mean you can strike another part of the body but rather the face in arabic represents the whole of the Person, and the entire self.

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “Do not beat Allah’s bondwomen.”many women went to the family of the Messenger of Allah (wives) complaining of their husbands, and he (the Prophet (PBUH)) said, “Many women have gone round Muhammad’s family complaining of their husbands. Those who do so, that is, those who take to beating their wives, are not the best among you”

Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “The world is but a (quick passing) enjoyment; and the best enjoyment of the world is a pious and virtuous woman”.

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