Husband’s Rights in Islam – 4. Husband’s Rights are Greater than the Sacrifice of Woman’s Breasts
4. HUSBAND’S RIGHTS ARE GREATER THAN THE SACRIFICE OF WOMAN’S BREASTS
Man’s status is so much higher than woman’s that no sacrifice on the woman’s part will ever gain her her full right in relation to a man. Even in our own time (1985) a Muslim writer, Ahmad Zaky Tuffaha, seriously and reverently quotes the following Hadith:
If a woman offered one of her breasts to be cooked and the other to be roasted, she still will fall short of fulfilling her obligations to her husband. And besides that, if she disobeys her husband even for a twinkling of an eye, she would be thrown in the lowest part of Hell, except she repents and turns back.”
Although this Hadith is not mentioned in Bukhari, it is consistent with the other Ahadith quoted by Bukhari.
It is a noble sacrifice for a man to share his life with a woman as described in Bukhari’s sound Ahadith; she being deficient in mind, religion, and gratitude. It is condescension on the part of the man to spend his life with her. She can not repay this favour, no matter what sacrifice she makes.
Indeed, the rights of the husband are so vast that
If blood, suppuration, and pus, were to pour from the husband’s nose and the wife licked it with her tongue, she would still never be able to fulfill his rights over her.’
This Hadith is repeated five times, with great reverence, by commentator Imam Suyuti who is regarded as one of the greatest of all Muslim scholars.