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Muhammad is said to have commanded all Muslim men to treat their wives well. The legal rights of a wife have been since the 19th century, and still are, in many jurisdictions subject to debate. In the case of divorce, terminology such as former-wife or ex-wife is often used.
In various marriage laws around the world, however, the husband continues to have authority; for instance the Civil Code of Iran states at Article There is a Hadith by Al-Tirmidhi , in which Muhammad is said to have stated "The believers who show the most perfect faith are those who have the best character and the best of you are those who are best to their wives.