Live with your wives honourably
Fatwa No: 86618

Question

My problem is that my husband treats me very badly in front of everyone, even beats me up. He scolds my three daughters and says bad words to us. He brings his friends to our house all the time and they stay at our house not only for days but also even for 2 years. And it is my responsibility to cook for them and take care of them. He does not earn good and whenever he is money less, he sent me with kids to my parents home for months, selling everything of my house. This time also he is trying to send us there. Please help me.

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.

 

 It is the duty of the husband to fulfill the rights of his wife and children by spending on them, taking care of them and educating them. This will result in a good Muslim family that can become an example for neighboring families. But this is not the case in the family in question. In fact beating one's wife and daughters and mistreating them contradicts the Sharee’ah. Allah Says (what means): {…live with them honorably…} [Quran 4:19]

Indeed, beating and mistreating them cannot be considered part of honorable company. Now, we advise you, dear sister, to remain patient for the sake of her children. You should take some steps that could help change your husband's behavior. You should call him with kindness to perform some good acts. You may also seek the mediation of some relatives or neighbors who would try to settle the matters that are between you and your husband and exhort him to do that which will benefit him.

Now, if your husband persists in his wrong doings while you can no longer bear what he does to you, then weigh things out. You should balance between the advantages that you will get and the disadvantages you will incur from the separation and take the right decision.

Allah Knows best.

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