Posted by أم حذيفة حياة لأندلسية at 21:09
The Categories of Men in Fulfilment of the Rights of the Wife
Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Sālih Al-'Uthaymīn رحمه الله
From the people there is he who restricts his wife and does not fulfill her rights. He does not spend upon her. If he does give her he shorts her. At times he gives her in a state of disgruntlement. If she says: 'Give me 10 Riyāl so that I may purchase something I am in need of,' he says: 'Insha-Allāh, at 'Asr,' then when 'Asr comes he says: 'Tomorrow.' Like this he continues to put her off. This is not permissible and is Harām for him. If the wife is in this state, then if she is able she may take from his wealth without his knowledge (just to fulfill her need). If she is not able then she may accept Zakat in order to stave off her need.
From the people there is he who does that which is obligatory and does not fall short in his obligations, however, he does not increase upon that.
From the people there is he who does that which is obligatory and he increases upon that (does additional things which are not obligatory upon him), and he is the best of the categories (of husbands).
These husbands which we have mentioned, from them there is he who is oppressive to his own soul, he who follows the middle course, and he who is foremost in doing good; by the permission of Allāh.
Taken from At-Ta'līq 'Alāl-Muntaqā Min Akhbār Al-Mustafā 4/638
Translated by Raha Batts