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She is suffering because of problems in the relationship between her and her husband, and she wants advice

Question: 248117

I have been married for 5 years. I have not been nearly a good wife to my husband, but I have sacrificed a lot for our marriage. I worked along side of him and have always supported him but wasnt a good housewife and had always been behind with my chores. Unfortunately now our relationship is in a big crisis and I seek your support. My husband has always been critical towards me but now things are becoming worse, he criticises me about everything and says that i never listen to him. We recently had a baby and thats mainly when things became more serious. I feel bad because we are always arguing around her and i know this is not good for her future. My husband always asks his brother who is a doctor for advice and leaves out my opinion as second hand. He hates it when I ask my mother for advice because they are not in good relationship.

Please give me guidance on the above. I also have a few additional questions below:

If my mother disrespected my husband in his house, how was he supposed to respond, conaidering he was disrespected before.

What is the islamic view on mothers instinct and according to islam is there such a thing as father’s instinct?

What can I do if my husband always sees faults in me?

Praise be to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah and his family.

Undoubtedly a great deal of criticism and arguing in front of
the children is something negative that undermines harmony and love.
Our advice to you and your husband is to reduce that as
much as possible, and to show restraint; each of you should force himself to
be patient with the other and to delay issues of arguments and discussion
until you are by yourselves.

Our advice to the husband is not to think that any human
being could be free of faults or shortcomings, because that is part of human
nature, so how about the woman, whose basic nature the Prophet (blessings
and peace of Allah be upon him) has told us about, and said that there is no
hope of changing her nature completely.

It was narrated from Samurah ibn Jundub that the Messenger of
Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:

“Woman was created from a rib; if you try to straighten her
you will break her. So be kind to her and you will live with ease with her.”

Narrated by Ahmad (20093) and Ibn Hibbaan (4178); classed as
saheeh by al-Albaani.

Moreover, our advice to you is not to respond to criticism
with more arguments and stubbornness, because this will put more strain on
the connection between you, which is about to break because of that. Being
more easy-going and diplomatic is something that is required from both
parties. It is required from the husband, in the form of kindness,
overlooking mistakes and showing compassion, and it is required from the
religiously committed, smart and wise wife to put up with the annoyance
of her husband, and not to be so harsh with him if he is harsh with her;
rather she should be easy-going, as much as she can, avoid provoking his
anger and not be confrontational. She should be as gentle as she can, and be
soft with him.

It was narrated that ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbaas said: The
Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Shall I
not tell you about your wives among the people of Paradise: the one who is
loving, fertile, and beneficial to her husband, who if she is upset or
annoyed, she comes and takes her husband’s hand, then she says: ‘By Allah, I
shall not sleep until you are pleased with me.”

Narrated by an-Nasaa’i in as-Sunan al-Kubra (9094);
classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in as-Saheehah (287)

What is well-established in psychology, and what is known
from experience, is that stubbornness and arguing with a husband who is not
patient with lengthy discussions and arguments will only result in bad
consequences for the marriage and will increase resentment between the

Our advice to our sister is to discuss less and go along with
him, and to show a great deal of admiration for his thoughts and opinions in
general, even if you differ concerning some of the details. With this
attitude you can reduce arguments, dispel resentment and make him more open
to listening to your discussion and point of view. It would be a good idea
for you to go to a psychologist who specialises in couples counselling,
because that can help to uncover the subtle causes of the problem between
you and deal with the matter in an effective manner.

You should realise that it is not a must for the husband to
consult his wife; rather he may consult someone whose opinion and experience
he trusts among his family and friends, or experts other than people whom he

The most that can be said regarding the issue of a man
consulting his wife is that it is something that is encouraged and is good,
and it comes under the heading of kind treatment and noble character.
Moreover, people vary in their nature, attitude, way of thinking and
behaviour. So be wise, and do not take risks with regard to your family life
and marriage. Forgive him some of his harshness and put up with some of his
obstinacy, so long as it does not involve sin and no obvious harm will
result to you or your family. Put up with what you dislike, for in patiently
bearing what one dislikes there is a great deal of good, as the most
truthful one (the Prophet – blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said.


With regard to
the mother’s instinct, from a linguistic point of view the Arabic word for
instinct means nature. In terms of psychology, it refers to human behaviour
that is based on nature and heredity. Every person has instincts and
inclinations that differ according to his inherent nature and hereditary
factors. Based on that, the mother’s instinct is no more than maternal
behaviour that is based on her nature and genetic makeup. One of the most
well-known manifestations of these natural instincts is the mother’s
instinct to protect her child and ward off anything that may harm him.

But this instinct may become contaminated and malfunction
because of unsound social influences and customs because of which the mother
sees what is beneficial as harmful, so that facts are turned upside down in
her mind and she becomes confused.

Therefore the mother should not be regarded as reliable
unless it is proven that she is mature and well balanced, and that she is
not influenced by unsound standards that are alien to sound human nature.

The same may be said concerning the father’s instinct and
what may result from it.



Your husband should be kind to your mother and treat her
well, even if she has a different point of view than him. That is because
she is like his own mother, and responding in a better way to bad treatment
has a magical effect on people. Allah, may He be exalted, says
(interpretation of the meaning):

“Repel (the evil deed) with one
which is better (i.e. Allah ordered the faithful believers to be patient at
the time of anger, and to excuse those who treat them badly), then verily!
he, between whom and you there was enmity, (will become) as though he was a
close friend”

[Fussilat 41:35].

In addition to that, you should pay attention to the fact
that your husband does not like you to consult your mother, because your
insistance on consulting her and seeking her opinion, despite what you
say about the relationship between them not being good, makes matters
worse. A man does not like even someone who agrees with him to interfere in
his decisions and leadership, so what you think about one who differs with

So do not do what he resents and do not refrain from doing
what he likes. We give you the glad tidings that the Messenger of Allah
(blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) gave: “If a woman offers her five
daily prayers, fasts her month (of Ramadan), guards her chastity and obeys
her husband, she will enter through whichever of the gates of Paradise she

Narrated by Ibn Hibbaan (4163); classed as hasan by al-Albaani

And Allah knows best.


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