Qualities of the Righteous Wife

Allah said,
﴿ فَٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتُ ﴾

(Therefore, the righteous) women,
﴿ قَـٰنِتَـٰتٍ۬ ﴾

(are Qanitat), obedient to their husbands, as Ibn `Abbas and others stated.
﴿ حَـٰفِظَـٰتٌ۬ لِّلۡغَيۡبِ ﴾

(and guard in the husband’s absence) As-Suddi and others said that it means she protects her honor and her husband’s property when he is absent, and Allah’s statement,
﴿ بِمَا حَفِظَ ٱللَّهُ‌ۚ ﴾

(what Allah orders them to guard.) means, the protected ﴿husband﴾ is the one whom Allah protects. Ibn Jarir recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,
« خَيْرُ النِّسَاءِ امْرَأَةٌ إِذَا نَظَرْتَ إِلَيْهَا سَرَّتْكَ، وَإِذَا أَمَرْتَهَا أَطَاعَتْكَ، وَإِذَا غِبْتَ عَنْهَا حَفِظَتْكَ فِي نَفْسِهَا وَمَالِك »

(The best women is she who when you look at her, she pleases you, when you command her she obeys you, and when you are absent, she protects her honor and your property.) Then, the Messenger of Allah recited the Ayah,
﴿ ٱلرِّجَالُ قَوَّٲمُونَ عَلَى ٱلنِّسَآءِ ﴾

(Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, ) until its end. Imam Ahmad recorded that `Abdur-Rahman bin ‘Awf said that the Messenger of Allah said,
« إِذَا صَلَّتِ الْمَرْأَةُ خَمْسَهَا، وَصَامَتْ شَهْرَهَا، وَحَفِظَتْ فَرْجَهَا، وَأَطَاعَتْ زَوْجَهَا، قِيلَ لَهَا: ادْخُلِي الْجَنَّةَ مِنْ أَيِّ الْأَبْوَابِ شِئْت »

(If the woman prayed her five daily prayers, fasted her month, protected her chastity and obeyed her husband, she will be told, ‘Enter Paradise from any of its doors you wish.’)
Tafsir Ibn kathir, an-Nisa: V, 34

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