A friend of mine thinks that the husband needs to earn the right to be obeyed by his wife. I have searched a lot of sources (like islam.stackexchange.com, islamqa.info, islamweb.net, quora.com, aboutislam.net and many blogs and forums), what I have found is, that obedience to the husband is important to have functioning family and it is important for society and the development of the children. Almost all the sources say that obedience to the husband is obligatory for the wife. And if I read all Hadith & Sure related to this topic, one can clearly see that to obey is directly or indirectly a right of the husband, that needs not to be earned from the husband at first (it comes with the marriage & the Mahr). Am I wrong or is my friend wrong?
Here is a good summary of my overall understanding of this topic: Quora: Should a wife obey her husband?, and here is the main Sure related to this:
الرِّجَالُ قَوَّامُونَ عَلَى النِّسَاءِ بِمَا فَضَّلَ اللَّهُ بَعْضَهُمْ عَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ وَبِمَا أَنفَقُوا مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ ۚ فَالصَّالِحَاتُ قَانِتَاتٌ حَافِظَاتٌ لِّلْغَيْبِ بِمَا حَفِظَ اللَّهُ ۚ وَاللَّاتِي تَخَافُونَ نُشُوزَهُنَّ فَعِظُوهُنَّ وَاهْجُرُوهُنَّ فِي الْمَضَاجِعِ وَاضْرِبُوهُنَّ ۖ فَإِنْ أَطَعْنَكُمْ فَلَا تَبْغُوا عَلَيْهِنَّ سَبِيلًا ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيًّا كَبِيرًا
Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.
Here are some of the hadith (there are a lot, so I am just posting some):
Abu Hurairah reported that Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: "If a woman prays her five (daily) prayers and keeps her private parts chaste and obeys her husband, she will enter Paradise from any of the doors of Paradise she wishes." [Reported by Ibn Hibbaan in his Saheeh]
"It is not lawful for a woman to fast while her husband is present unless she has his permission. And she must not allow anyone in his home except with his permission." [Reported by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]
From Abu Hurairah (radyAllaahu 'anhu), Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: "When a man calls his wife to bed and she does not come to him, and he spends the night angry with her, the angels curse her until the morning arrives." [Reported by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]
In the report of Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim, the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: "By the One in whose Hand my soul is, there is no man that calls his wife to bed and she refuses him, except that the One who is above the heavens is displeased with her until he (the husband) becomes content with her."
The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said: "The woman is the caretaker of her husband's household and she will be questioned as to her responsibility." [Reported by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim]
Question: Does the husband have to earn the right to be obeyed by his wife?