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Jabir (radi Allahu anhu) narrates that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) also gave these instructions in his sermon during the Farewell Pilgrimage. "Fear Allah regarding women; for you have taken them (in marriage) with the trust of Allah." [Mishkat]
This warning establishes the sanctity and inviolability of women's rights. In this teaching, men have been cautioned that although they are the guardians of women, they should not exercise this responsibility without concern and fear of accountability before Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). They should be mindful that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is a witness between them and their wives, and it is through His commandment and permission that women have been made lawful for them through marriage. Women are therefore in Allah's protection. If husbands are cruel or unjust, they are guilty of breaching their trust with Allah. How great an honour this is for women and how stern is the warning for their guardian husbands that they should remember that women are in Allah's protection. (Ma 'Arif al-Hadith)
The wife is therefore entrusted to the man on a sacred pledge to which Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is a party. Islam teaches that in this union the function of the woman is not only to gratify physical desires: On the contrary, she is viewed as the most qualified partner of man in shaping the character of family and society, for the realisation of the ultimate aims of human existence.