Custody of children

Q: In islamic law when the parents are divorced the father gets custody of the kids when they are 7 (boy) & 9 (girl). What happens if the mother does not want to give the children to the father? The father is remarried and has children with the new wife. (The siblings all get on well) The mother has not remarried and works. She is away for 11 hours a day, Monday to Friday and works every second Saturday. Can the maternal grand-parents take custody?


A: Refer to

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)