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Should Wife Look Good for Her Husband?

03 August, 2022
Q Are wives in Islam supposed to look good in front of their husbands no matter the situation? Should the husbands appreciate the wife's natural beauty?I thought that spouses should love each other no matter the way they look, and that they should be comfortable around each other at every moment.

Answer

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

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Both husband and wife should try to be the best spouse they can. They should dress nicely, be clean, smell good, and have an overall pleasant appearance and attitude.


Answering your question, Sheikh Mustafa Umar, President of California Islamic University, states:

Both husband and wife should try to be the best spouse they can. This is called ihsan (excellence) in Arabic.

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One of the ways to be nice to your spouse is to dress nicely, be clean, smell good, and have an overall pleasant appearance and attitude. This helps nurture the love between spouses.

Abdullah Ibn Abbas, a well-known Companion of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), said that he would make himself look good for his wife the way that she would do so for him.

Sadly, this idea of dressing nicely for your spouse is something many Muslims neglect. They will spend so much time to dress up and look nice when guests come over or when going to a social gathering, but neglect themselves at home.

Both spouses should regularly look good at home. When someone is sick or very busy, it may be an exception, and the natural beauty should still be appreciated, but the default is to put effort into making yourself look good. This helps the marriage be successful.

Almighty Allah knows best.