Support your poor brothers and do not listen to their wives

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assalam alaikum i am the youngest brother out of three brothers and two elder brothers have been married. both the wives of my brother tell me not to give financial assistance for livelyhood to my elder brothers. should i quit giving financial assistance, as they resisted it. and what are the various ways to assist their families? both brothers can earn only for a simple life.


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

You should not stop your financial support to your brothers and you should not take into consideration the discouragement of their wives from supporting them especially that they need your support. Indeed, one’s relatives are the most deserving of his kindness, and donating money to them combines two benefits, the benefit of giving to charity and the benefit of keeping ties with kinship. Salmaan Ibn ‘Aamir, may Allah be pleased with him, narrated that the Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allah exalt his mention ) said: “Giving charity to the poor is considered charity, and giving charity to a relative is two things: charity and keeping ties with kinship.” [Ahmad, At-Tirmithi, An-Nasaa’i, and Ibn Maajah]

Allah Knows best.


Fatwa answered by: The Fatwa Center at Islamweb


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