Failing in the Test Is Not Due to Not Living With the Husband
Fatwa No: 436120

  • Fatwa Date:23-1-2021 - Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 10, 1442
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Assalamualaikum. There is a question from a married woman. She has been married for 3 years, but she lives with her parents because she is the only child of her parents. She has a permission from her husband to live with her parents. In two occassions, she took tests for being a public officer, but she failed with slightly-little gap in score from the one who was accepted. Is her failure in the tests due to being her not living with her husband? Thanks


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  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

This woman's failure to pass the test is not necessarily caused by not living with her husband. As long as her husband has given her permission to live with her parents, she bears no sin for leaving her husband’s home.

Moreover, her failure in the test is not necessarily a bad thing; it may rather be good for her. Allah, The Exalted, Says (what means): {But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.} [Quran 2:216]

In any case, renewing the repentance is required; it was said: "Affliction descends only due to sin and is removed only by repentance." It was narrated on the authority of Abu Tharr  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said in a Qudsi Hadeeth: “(Allah Said:) O My slaves, it is but your deeds that I count for you and then I recompense you accordingly, so let him who finds good praise Allah, and let him who finds otherwise blame none but himself.” [Muslim]

Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said: "When an affliction befalls a believer in this worldly life, he should blame himself, and this should prompt him to return to Allah by repentance and seeking forgiveness." [End of quote from Jaami‘ Al-‘Uloom wa Al-Hikam]

Allah Knows best.

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