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Husband and Wife Rights under Shariah Law
By Mr. Hassan Elhais - Legal Consultant in Dubai
Family article on husband and wife rights under Shariah Law. There are specific rights
designated to Husband and Wife under Shariah Law. Overall, the rights cover the following
categories: a) Exchange of rights between husband and wife; b) Husband’s rights on wife; and c)
Wife rights on husband.
In the first category, defined as exchange of rights between husband and wife, Shariah law
dictates that there should be respect, kindness and consideration towards the family and for
them to work together in the best interest of the family. The Exchange of rights between
husband and wife enforces the need to take care of children by educating them and giving
them a fair chance to grow in a healthy environment.
In the second category, defined as husband’s rights on wife, the husband is required to allow
the wife to continue with her education and he should not prohibit her from visiting her family.
He has no right to touch or interfere with her personal financial assets. He must not harm her
physically or morally. This second category of Husband’s rights on Wife also applies when he is
married to more than one wife, and he should treat each wife fairly.
The third category defined as wife’s rights on her husband are defined through Shariah law and
puts an obligation upon women to obey the husband and take care of the matrimonial home.
Additionally, she should take care of the children.
The rights defined above are only some of the rights and obligations as defined under Shariah
Law. The relevant law, based upon Shariah Law, is Law No. 28 of 2005 which is the Personal
Status Law (PSL). The above is sourced from Articles 54-56.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Hassan Elhais
After qualifying as a lawyer in his native Egypt and years of successful practice within the field
of criminal and public law, Mr. Elhais moved to Dubai in 2005 and has been practicing as a legal
consultant in Dubai since then. Working exclusively with Al Rowaad Advocates, Hassan is an
effective leader of the company, the spokesperson and driving force. Hassan has a strong
ethical stance with regards to the place of the law firm and its work on behalf of the client,
from clarity on the legal process through to the fee system.
Specializing in the drafting of all statement of claim, memos and consultation with regards to all
kind of litigation, Hassan has worked his way through the ranks of Al Rowaad Advocates from
joining as Legal Advisor to his current role as Managing Partner. Member of Egypt Bar
Association; Member of International Bar Association; and Recommended Lawyer of Embassy
of United States in Abu Dhabi.
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