Sunday, September 26, 2021

Quran empowers women in marriage as wife | 5 verses explain

  Pakrush Admin       Sunday, September 26, 2021

There has been a lot of talk about how Muslim women are treated as wives in a Muslim society and what kind of rights they have compared with men. Despite what's practised in today's society or preached, Quran tells a different story - one that talks about women empowerment, not oppression or discrimination.

Let's explore seven verses from the Holy Quran:

Quran verses about women empowerment in a marriage as wife

1) Women should be treated with kindness

"And live with them in kindness. For if you dislike them - perhaps you dislike a thing and Allah makes therein much good." [Surah An Nisa verse 19]

In this verse, men are commanded in the Quran to treat women with love and respect, even during times of disagreement or dissent. This requires partners to demonstrate beauty in their voice, deeds, and entire presence with one another.

2) No forced marriages 

"O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion." [Surah An Nisa verse 19]

This verse is an instruction regarding any type of forced marriage. Prior to Islam, a woman's husband's family would inherit her as a widow once her husband died. Islam put an to end this unlawful practise and offered women the freedom to act for their own good.

3) Women must be given dowry 

"And give the women [upon marriage] their [bridal] gifts graciously." [Surah Nisa verse 4]

In contrast to the traditional idea of a marriage dowry, which requires a woman to give her husband a valuable bridal gift upon marriage. Islam, on the other hand, reverses the principle, requiring the husband to pay his wife any amount of money she demands.

4) Women have the right to inherit

"For men is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, and for women is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, be it little or much – an obligatory share." [Surah An Nisa verse 7]

Before the advent of Islam, women faced many unlawful restrictions on the wealth they could receive following the death of their husbands. To put an end to this unlawful practice, Islam placed various instructions to ensure that a widowed lady would get a specified sum of money upon her husband's death.

5) Islam instructs husbands to spend on their wives

"Let a man of wealth spend from his wealth, and he whose provision is restricted - let him spend from what Allah has given him. Allah does not charge a soul except [according to] what He has given it. Allah will bring about, after hardship, ease" [Surah At Talaq verse 7]

A man is obligated to financially support his wife as per Quranic instructions. He is responsible for providing her with food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, and all other essentials.

Husband is also instructed to maintain the same quality of living for his wife as he does for himself. Such instructions apply during marriage and even after divorce if a woman becomes pregnant or has a kid.

While a woman is not obligated to spend on her husband, however if she does so, it will be regarded as an act of voluntary charity for her.


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