Prophets Advice with Regard to Women

Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Take my advice with regard to women: Act kindly towards women, for they were created from a rib, and the most crooked 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 crooked; so act kindly toward women.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]

In another narration of al-Bukhari and Muslim, the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) 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 crookedness remains in her.”

In another narration of Muslim, the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Woman has been created from a rib and will in no way be straightened for you; so if you want to benefit from her, you will benefit from her while crookedness remains in her. If you attempt to straighten her, you will break her, and breaking her is divorcing her.”

Commentary:

The words “Istawso bi’ nisa” mean, take care of your wives. Whatever is the formation of the words of the Hadith, it stresses the importance of kind treatment to wives because woman is not only weaker than man by nature, but also less intelligent. On account of his being more intelligent and having greater patience, man should be more forgiving in his dealing with her. The secret of a pleasant family life lies in this advice of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) with its emphasis on kind treatment to wives.

And Allah Knows Best!

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