The Roles Of The Husband And Wife

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In this English translation and interpretation by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, however, he emphasizes the husband's role as a "protector" who should deal compassionately with a "misbehaving" wife:

"Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next) refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance): for Allah is Most High, great (above you all)". (Surah 4:34)

After marriage, the woman in Islam does not lose any of her rights. The married woman has her individuality and name. Her name is still her name before marriage.

In fact, marriage adds to the duties of the woman because the married woman gets new roles after marriage, i. e., being a wife and a mother. The question that is ignored by some people is this: if a married woman is a wife, a mother, and a housewife, why should the woman seek jobs outside her house and leave some of these new roles to other women employed as housekeepers or maids? After marriage, the woman becomes a wife and being a wife implies additional duties. After marriage, the woman becomes a mother and being a mother implies more and more duties. After marriage, the woman becomes responsible for housekeeping, which means more duties as well. Are all these duties not enough for a woman' Islam puts high emphasis on the roles of the married woman as a wife, a mother, and a housewife. In Islam,