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Is it wrong to prioritize loan repayment over family time?

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Sallam alikum I got married in may 2009 i am working with international company which works in night shift. i am working in night shift. there are 2 holidays in a week. as as a part time i am also doing business with forgein students which i do it in the two days holiday which i get in a week to maintain the relation with them i have to be with them late night as i got loans which i have to repay as soon as possible that the reason i am wworking throught the week and also late night. this is not acceptable by my family and my wife they have many compalins like i dont give time to them. But they dont understand my situation that i have to pay my loan. my question to you is if i continue this work load and dont give time till i complete my loan am i doing wrong with my family and wife or not giving them thier HAQ. Please Reply Allah Hafiz


(Fatwa: 213/D-29K=1431)

As managing the requirement of life is necessary, in the same way paying the rights of parents, wife and children is too necessary. It is mentioned in a hadith that the holy Prophet (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم) prohibited some sahaba from excessive prayers and said:

إن لنفسك عليك حقا ، ولزوجك عليك حقا

You have some rights on yourself, and your wife has some rights on you. Subsequently, with self relief and comfort, it is necessary to pass time with wife and give her time for enjoyment is her right. If you are under the burden of loan, try to pay it but not to an extant that the rights of others are missed. When you work for seven days in a week till late night, then it is obvious that you do not get enough time to comfort yourself and your family. Or disclose your problem to your family members and get their favour, then it is too right.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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