Providing a separate home for one's wife
Fatwa No: 86132


Please give me proof for my husband to see that it is his Islamic duty to provide me a home without his parents. I do not want to live with the in-laws because there is no need for it and they are very controlling my husband does not realize that it is my Islamic right to demand a separate home because we can afford it.


Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions. It is agreed in Islamic Shariah that a wife has the right of residence, clothing and expenditure. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {Lodge them (the divorced women) where you dwell, according to your means,…}[65:6]. It is also proved in many Ahadith. Therefore, if a woman suffers from being with her husband's parents or some other relatives then it is the husband's duty to provide her with an independent house to please her and lift any harm from her. The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: There should be no harm, nor reciprocal harming . [al-Muattah] However, at the same time we would like to inform the enquiring sister that if her husband needs to be near his parents, or if they are in need of him to take care of them, in this case, she is not allowed to take him away causing them difficulties. In fact, as it is compulsory on your husband to provide you a separate house it is also compulsory upon you to consider the situation of his parents. Finally, we draw your attention to the fact that every one should cooperate with his/her partner. Allah Says (interpretation of meaning): {…And do not forget liberality between yourselves. Truly, Allâh is All-Seer of what you do.}[2:237]. Allah knows best.

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