Allah Ta‘âlâ has given great rights to the husband and has attached a lot of virtue to him. Pleasing the husband and keeping him happy is a great act of ‘ibâdah and displeasing him or keeping him unhappy is a major sin.
1. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The woman who offers her five times salât, fasts in the month of Ramadân, protects her honour and respect, and obeys her husband has the choice of entering jannah from whichever door she wishes to enter from.” This means that from the eight doors of jannah she can enter through whichever door she wishes without even having to knock on that door.
2. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The woman who passes away in such a state that her husband is pleased with her will enter jannah.”
3. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Were I to command anyone to prostrate to anyone other than Allah, I would have commanded the woman to prostrate to her husband. If the husband orders his wife to carry the boulders of one mountain to the next mountain, and the boulders of the next mountain to a third mountain, she will have to do this.”
4. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “When the husband calls his wife, she should go immediately to him even if she is busy at her stove.” In other words, no matter how important a task she may be busy with, she should leave it and go to him.
5. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “When a man calls his wife to engage in sexual intercourse with him and she does not go and because of this he sleeps away angrily, the angels continue cursing this woman till the morning.”
6. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “When a woman troubles or displeases her husband in this world, the hûr of jannah that has been set aside for him says: “May Allah curse you! Do not trouble him. He is your guest for a few days. Soon he will leave you and come to me.”
7. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “There are three types of people whose salât is not accepted, nor is any other good act of theirs accepted. One is a slave who runs away from his master. The second is a woman whose husband is displeased with her. The third is a person who is in a state of intoxication.”
8. A person asked: “Who is the best woman?” Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam replied: “The best woman is one who pleases her husband when he looks at her, when he asks her to do something she obeys him, and she does not do anything that may displease him with regard to his wealth and honour.”
One of the rights of the husband is that the wife should not keep any optional fasts nor offer any optional salât in his presence without his permission. Among the rights of the husband is that she should not remain in an untidy, dishevelled state. Instead, she should always remain clean and beautiful for her husband. In fact, if she remains untidy and dishevelled despite her husband ordering her to remain clean, he has the right of beating her (lightly) in order that she may obey him. Another right of the husband is that she should not leave the house without his permission irrespective of whether it be the house of a friend, relative or anyone else.