"I am an American woman. I have recently converted to Islam and I will be marrying in Qatar in Febuary to an Egyptian Muslim man at the Sharia court. I love him very much but I have been reading about women's rights after marriage and I am starting to get a little scared before our wedding. Can some one please help me out and give me a little insight about what my rights are regarding dress, travel, socializing, learning, working,and etc... I am still learning so much about culture, faith, and language but I only recently even considered the legal changes I am going to have to adjust to. I am used to having freedom and I need help to evaluate this decision better. Thank you," Link
Below is part of one of the answers designed to allay her "concerns"
The Right Not To Be Beaten, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) specifically said,
"Do not beat the female servants of Allah." (Abu Dawud)
Allah (SWT) says in the Quran:
"…As to those women on whose part you see ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds, (and last) beat them (lightly, if it is useful), but if they return to obedience, seek not against them means (of annoyance). Surely, Allah is Ever Most High, Most Great." (An-Nisa’ 4:34)
The Prophet (SAW) said:
"When one of you inflicts a beating, he should avoid striking the face."