Essay on Muslim Attitudes to Marriage

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Muslim Attitudes to Marriage

In Islam, marriage is a partnership. Muslim women accept only Allah as their master, and do not therefore consider themselves to be inferior to a husband. It is basic in Muslim society that the man is responsible for the family's welfare and business outside the home, but the woman has virtually absolute rights within it so long as her behaviour does not shame her provider or husband.

No institution works well without a clear leader, and therefore there should be one in every family. Most Muslim women are quite happy for this leader to be the man. If the man is not worth respecting, divorce is a straightforward matter, and the woman may look for a better one.
Sometimes the woman in a household
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For this reason, they have to be responsible for maintaining and supporting women. This does not only mean their wives and daughters, but also any other female relatives who may need help and support.

' Men are responsible for women because God has given them one more than the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). Virtuous women are therefore obedient, guarding in their (husbands') absence that which God has guarded.'


The husband is expected to provide for the home i.e. he is responsible for bringing in money - this is his duty. The husband is responsible for the cost of his wife's food, clothes and accommodation. In addition to providing these material needs, a husband is to be considerate and concerned for his wife's welfare. There are many
Hadiths of the Prophet, which prescribe kindness and consideration for women. They also advice Muslim men to treat their wives with honour and respect. The Prophet said that the best men are those who are best to their wives. He not only should avoid hurting her but also should bear with her even if she does something disagreeable.

Although women generally do the domestic work of the house, but Islam does not require them to do so, often it is because they are more convenient as men often go to work.