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Should I prioritize my wife and children’s rights or my parents’ in this situation?

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I am working as a doctor in India and stay in my parent’s house with my wife and 2 daughters. I am the only son and have 2 sisters who are married. I earn decent amount of money but not enough to buy a house for my wife and children. Also because of my hectic work schedules I cannot give enough time for my wife and children. I have an option of working in Dubai, where I would earn much more than what I earn here. Besides, I will get more time to spend with my wife and children. However, my parents do not want me to leave India and go abroad. I asked my parents to join me as I can easily get Visas for them and also get a bigger house with the salary that I would be getting there. However, my parents are refusing to come there and also not happy that I am going there. My question is (1) Islamically, am I supposed to consider my wife’s and children’s rights or my parent’s in this situation? Is my wife correct in asking me to have separate housing for her and my parents?


(Fatwa: 1233/813/H=1433)

In the question mentioned above, the better option is to make your parents agree with wisdom, politeness, humbleness on going to Dubai but do not insist too much. However take your children and wife Dubai with you and try to take your parents as well. Also while staying in Dubai fix any suitable method to serve your parents and look after them with the advice of your sister. In short, do not commit any negligence in paying the rights of your wife, children and parents and their due services and in making them happy.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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