The Prophet said that woman prevails exceedingly over the wise and intelligent,
(While), on the other hand, ignorant man prevail over woman, for in them the fierceness of the animal is imprisoned.
They lack tenderness, kindness, and affection, because animality predominates over their (human) nature.
Love and tenderness are human qualities; anger and lust are animal qualities.
She (woman) is a ray of God, she is not that (earthly) beloved: she is creative, you must say she is not created. (Mathnawi, I/2531-35)
Inasmuch as He created her (the woman) that he (Adam) might take comfort in her, how can Adam be parted from Eve?
Though he (the husband) be Rustam son of Zal and greater than Hamza (in valour), as regards authority he is his old woman’s (his wife’s) captive.
He (the Prophet), to Whose words the (whole) world was enslaved (obedient), used to cry, “Speak to me, O Humayra!”
The water prevailed over (extinguished) the fire by its dread onset, (but) the fire makes it seethe when it (the water) is screened (hidden in the cauldron).
When a cauldron comes between (them), O king, it (the fire) annihilates the water and converts it into air.
If outwardly you are dominating your wife, like the (fire-quenching) water, (yet) inwardly you are dominated and are seeking (the love of) your wife.
This is characteristic of Man (alone): to the (other) animals love is wanting, and that (want of love) arises from (their) inferiority (to man).