Home » Hanafi Fiqh » DarulIftaBirmingham » Splitting Assets After Divorce

Splitting Assets After Divorce

Answered as per Hanafi Fiqh by DarulIftaBirmingham

Answered by: Maulana Naieem Mohammed


In the scenario of a divorce, generally by law here in the States, the husband and wife share half of all the assets.

Is this permissible in the light of Shari’ah?

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


In the above incident, it will only be permissible for the husband and wife to equally share assets if the husband is pleased with the distribution. It will be considered as a Sadaqa or a gift, according to his intention.

If the wife uses the western legal system/courts to force the husband to share more than what she deserves Islamically, then she will be considered as a Gaasib (usurper) and the additional wealth would be haram for her to benefit from. The Shariah does not allow anyone to take possession of another’s wealth without a valid Islamic reason.[1]

All that the wife deserves after divorce will be her usual expenses in terms of accommodation, food and clothing during her Iddat (waiting) period. Anything additional will be considered as Ihsaan (kindness) from the husband.[2]

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Naieem Mohammed

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

[1] Qawaaid ul Fiqhiyya,pg 100.# 84

[2] Bahrur Raaiq,vol 4 pg 188 to 194

This answer was collected from DarulIftaBirmingham.co.uk, which is run under the supervision of Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah from the United Kingdom.

Read answers with similar topics: