Looking after one’s family


1. My husband has a married sister, she has two children and her husband does not have a regular job. He is not educated enough to get good jobs. He is a make up artist, so jobs are here and there. He does not want to do any other job apart from that. They have their own 2 bed property, their own new car, and they have some debts. So my husband’s sister complains that she does not have enough all the time. My husband has 4 dependents already excluding me. Can you please tell me if my husband has to look now also after his married sister as well, who’s dependent is she normally and is there any sin on my husband if he cannot help her?

2 His brother is in hospital for more that 20 days now in India in intense care unit, his expense in 20 are £1000,- who has to pay that? His brother never worked properly in his life was always away from home doing things a normal person will not do, but he has father’s property. Does he get any part of the money even though he was never normal, never supports his family in any case apart from doing trouble. If he is entitled to the money can we remove the money for sickness and hospital and medication expenses from it. Please help me. I am worried for my husband and his health. He feel all the time guilty and thinks that he has to do everything. Please kindly help me and my husband to follow the right thing.



1. It is the duty of the brother to take care of the sister.

2. The money should be used for his own medical bills and medication and all his requirements. It should not be used up by anybody else.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)