Wife Not Obliged to Look after Husband's Parents
Fatwa No: 84909

Question

Is it obligatory for a wife to look after her husband's parents?

Answer

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.

A wife is not required to take care of her husband's parents, but doing favor to them constitutes a kind act and good turn to her husband.

However, if her husband orders her to take care of his parents, then it becomes her duty to obey him according to her ability and in good matters.

In addition, having a good relation with a husband's family is a form of good companionship that is required between spouses.

No doubt when the wife is dutiful to her husband's parents, she gains her husband's high regard and esteem.

Allah knows best.

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