الآية رقم (21) - وَكَيْفَ تَأْخُذُونَهُ وَقَدْ أَفْضَى بَعْضُكُمْ إِلَى بَعْضٍ وَأَخَذْنَ مِنكُم مِّيثَاقًا غَلِيظًا

(21) - {And how could you take it while you have gone in unto each other and they have taken from you a solemn covenant?}

How great is this strong relationship with which Allah (swt) has linked a woman and a man in marriage {have gone in unto each other}: wide contact between you and your wife with breath, food and intercourse…

وَأَخَذْنَ مِنكُم مِّيثَاقًا غَلِيظًا {and they have taken from you a solemn covenant?}: The covenant is promise between two people, so Allah (swt) made the marriage contract a solemn covenant, so we say to those who cheat marriage contracts and what is related to them: Allah (swt) has stated in the Holy Qur’an that the marriage contract is a covenant between two persons, so it is a solemn, strong, and solid covenant. However, the marriage contract has conditions as is well known, there must be an offer and acceptance between the two partners, a dowry is required, witnesses are required, and it is necessary to publicize the matter so to be clear. That is why we say: The marriage contract is a solemn contract that Allah (swt) has made so any moment of weakness does not affect it. Moreover, the Prophet (saws) explained the relationships that are linked with this heavy covenant in the Farewell Pilgrimage, saying:

“Show fear towards God regarding women, for you have got them under God’s security, and have the right to intercourse with them by God’s word. They must not bring into your houses anyone whom you dislike, but if they do that beat them, though not severely. You are responsible for providing them with their food and clothing in a fitting manner.”[1]

Is there any law in the world that gives the wifes these rights that the Prophet (saws) have explained? And you, O believer, must treat your wife as he (saws) used to treat his, the Prophet (saws) said:

“The best of you is he who is best to his family, and I am the best among you to my family”[2]

He (saws (used to help his wives in every matter, therefore, it is not fair for a man to deprive his wife’s rights after that.

Indeed, there is no law or legislation on the earth can give marital happiness and women’s rights more than these expressed in the Holy Quran and the prophetic hadiths.

[1] Sahih Muslim, The Rites of Pilgrimage, Hadith No. 2555.

[2] Sunan at-Tirmidhi: Chapter of Virtues, Virtues of the Prophet Wives, Hadith NO. 3895.