Should a woman obey her mother or her husband?

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Q: I understand that a woman’s jannah lies with serving her husband as well as her parents/mother. Often, obedience to the mother’s wishes is disobeying the husband. In cases like this who has more right over the wife? Should preference be given to the mother or to the husband?


A: If the command of both mother and husband is of a permissible nature and they conflict with each other and it is not possible for the wife to please both, then she should listen to her husband. After nikaah, the husband has more right over his wife compared to the mother.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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