Husband and wife are not rivals rather partners who ought to relate to each in mutual love and affection. The purpose of marriage is to attain comfort and peace which can only be achieved by mutual sharing and caring.
Therefore, Allah states that even as men have rights in marriage women also have rights. Moreover, Allah places an added responsibility on men to maintain and support the family.
We can never exaggerate the fact that a woman’s need for emotional and moral support during pregnancy is far greater.
Therefore, it does not befit a conscientious, believing man to fail to do so. He should be reminded of the Prophetic warning: There is no sin greater than a man neglecting to take care of his family.” (Imam Ahmad) He also said, “The best of you is the one who is best in treating his wife.” (At-Tirmidhi)
In conclusion, it behooves every husband to be diligent in fulfilling his duties towards his wife, especially during pregnancy when she is most vulnerable. I pray to Allah to inspire us to act rightly and compassionately.
Almighty Allah knows best.
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