Wisdom in dealing with step-son
Fatwa No: 316081

  • Fatwa Date:28-2-2016 - Jumaadaa Al-Oula 20, 1437
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Question

The son of my wife from her ex-husband lives with us. He is nine years old. Her ex-husband bought a mobile phone for the son so that he could call the son anytime he likes and talk to him. He also claimed to teach him Quran even though I am paying for his Quran lessons. I did not allow the boy to have the phone in my house, which creates problems between my wife and her ex-husband and between me and my wife. What is your advise for me.

Answer

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

You did not mention the reason why you prevented that boy from keeping that phone in your home. There is no doubt that you are not obliged to allow him to keep it, but we recommend that you be wise while taking into account what is more beneficial regarding the matter of preventing him from keeping that phone in your home or not preventing it.

You should endeavor to maintain the relationship between you and your wife in the best manner, and both of you should have an understanding in order to maintain the stability of your marriage.

Allaah knows best.

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