During this year of patience, the husband is obliged to provide for the financial support of his wife and children.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 210)
Muhammad never fought against the Christians; on the contrary, He treated them kindly and gave them perfect freedom … In the edicts which He promulgated it is clearly stated that … if a Muhammadan married a Christian woman, the husband must not prevent her from going to church, nor oblige her to veil herself; and that if she died, he must place her remains in the care of the Christian clergy.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 21)
QUESTION: If, upon completion of the year of patience, the husband refuseth to allow divorce, what course should be adopted by the wife?
ANSWER: When the period is ended divorce is effected. However, it is necessary that there be witnesses to the beginning and end of this period, so that they can be called upon to give testimony should the need arise.
(Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 128)
Should differences arise between husband and wife while travelling, he is required to send her home, or entrust her to a dependable person, who will escort her there, paying her journey and her full year’s expenses.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Synopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 42)
The husband is one who hath sincerely turned unto God, is awakened by the call of the Beauty of El-Bahá and chanteth the verses of Oneness in the great assemblies.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá v3, p. 605-606)
The husband must fix for his wife the time of his return when intending to travel. If, for a legitimate reason, he is prevented from returning at the appointed time, he must inform her and strive to return to her.
(Bahá’u’lláh, Synopsis and Codification of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, p. 41)
This principle of the husband’s responsibility to provide for and protect the family can be seen applied also in the law of intestacy which provides that the family’s dwelling place passes, on the father’s death, not to his widow, but to his eldest son; the son at the same time has the responsibility to care for his mother.
(Universal House of Justice, Lights of Guidance, p. 218-219)
… a husband has no explicit right to be supported by his wife.
(Universal House of Justice, Messages of the Universal House of Justice, 1963-1986, p. 471)