(a) Spouses’ sexual rights.
A man has the right, freedom and duty to have sex with his wife, and a wife has the right, freedom and duty to have sex with her husband. This is clear, and considering what comes from other religions and their sects, as well as some Muslim sects, this is one of the beauties of Islam and the Qur-an.
The Qur-an, Chapter 23, Sign 1 may be translated as
“The believers have succeeded.”
This sign is followed by a list of qualities of these believers, including Signs 5-7 which can be translated as
“who guard their private parts, except from their wives, or those whom their right hands possess, for with regard to them they are free from blame. As for those who seek beyond that, they are transgressors”
So it is clear then, that a man is permitted to have intercourse with his lawful wife (“those whom their right hands possess” shall be discussed in point (b)). To state it bluntly, a man can have sex with his wife. But nothing in the original Arabic, or English attempt at translation implies force. Not in this or any verse is force implied. Being able to do something with someone, and being allowed to force that person to do that thing are entirely different and separate matters. It does not seem to need an explanation.
Now, the ahadeeth, or narrations of Prophet Muhammad- May Allah Pray for him and Give him glad tidings of peace- contain a hadeeth, or single narration, on this subject. Unfortunately I do not have the book that contains it in front of me, but I remember the wording as something like “If a man calls his wife to bed and she refuses, the angels will curse her until the morning.” Let us assume for the sake of argument that this narration is authentic. It means that a wife who refuses to have sex with her husband will be cursed by the angels for some time, i.e. that such a thing is blameworthy or discouraged. But does it say or imply that a man can force his wife to have sex if she does not want to? No.
Another narration is remembered as stating that a woman should answer her husband’s call to bed even if she has just saddled herself on a horse. Again, if this is authentic, it is an encouragement towards sex, or even a claim of a man’s right to it, but it does not imply the use of force.
The so-called “right” to rape simply has no textual basis, and therefore no place in Islam.
Whether or not marital sexual rights as I have outlined them are found to be objectionable by some or many, it is clear that rape has no place in them.