The Wife Adorning Herself (The Pious Wife)

Among the evil ways of the Kuffaar acquired by “liberated” Muslim women of these times is the evil habit of adorning and beautifying themselves for others. While Islam commands the Muslim wife to adopt adornment solely for her husband, the modern Muslim wife has chosen to do just the opposite. She will reserve adornment for others when she has to leave the home precincts. But with regard to her husband, she is not at all concerned with her untidy and shoddy appearance.It is the obligatory duty of the wife to beautify herself for her husband. On the other hand, it is haram for her to embellish herself for others. A woman who adorns herself for others is severely reprimanded and criticized by Islam.

Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has compared such a wife to “the darkness of the day of Qiyaamah”. Such a woman, says Rasullullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), is without any Noor. In one narration, Nabi-e-Kareem(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “A woman who applies perfume and passes by a gathering is like an adulteress”.15Among the rights which the husband holds over his life is her adorning herself for his sake. He possesses the Islamic right to compel her to beautify herself for his sake.

Explaining this rule of the Shariah, the authoritative book of Islamic jurisprudence, Kabeeri, says:”He has the right to beat her if she refuses to beautify herself when he so desires….”

Al- mara’tus Sawlihah- The Pious Wife

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