The Qur’ānic Ethic of the Marital Union

  • Asma Lamrabet


In an era of deeply rooted patriarchal culture, the Qur’ān speaks of the marital union and husbands’ obligations toward wives, including the requisite gift of mahr, which was before given to the bride’s father, now offered directly to bride, thus changing the status of women from the owned property of others, to independent entities with ownership rights. Other principles of the marital relationship include ma’rūf (kindness), ifdhā (intimacy), tarādhī and tashāwur (mutual understanding and consultation), sakīna (serenity), mawadda and rahma (deep love and infinite mercy), and fadhl (generosity). Regrettably, rather than reflecting such ethics, Muslim societies, generally speaking, transformed customs into religious principles that must be observed, as seen in the notion of tā’a (obedience), the absolute submission of wives to husbands, even though there is no mention of tā’a in the Qur’ānic ethics of marriage!

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  • Asma Lamrabet
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  1. 1.L’hôpital Avicennes de RabatRabatMorocco

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