Question: What is your advise for one who prohibits his wife from wearing the hijab, as defined by the Islamic Law?
We advise him to fear Allah, the Almighty, the All-powerful, with regard to his wife, and to praise and thank Allah, the Almighty, the All-powerful, for granting him his wife who wishes to implement the commands of Allah pertaining to the Islamic attire, which will secure her from fitan. Allah has commanded His believing slaves to ward off the fire from themselves and their families in His words.
"O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is full of men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they recieve from Allah, but do that which they are commanded."
(Soorah At-Tahreem 66:6)
"A man is the guardian of his family, and he is responsible for them." (al- Bukhari in his 'Saheeh' 893).
How then can it be fitting for a man to try to force his wife to abandon the clothing required by the Islamic Law in favour of that which is unlawful and will lead to fitnah for her and from her? So, let him fear Allah, the Most High, regarding, his own soul and with regards to his family. Let him praise and thank Allah for blessing him with such a righteous wife. As for his wife, it is completely unlawful for her to obey him in this act of disobedience to Allah, because there can be no obedience to a created being which entails disobedience to the Creator.
Taken from the Book 'The Treatise of Hijab ' by Shaykh Uthaymeen (p.78/79)