Is it the duty of the husband’s parents to see to the needs of his wife and children?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: I would like to know if a husband in Islam is not financially capable of taking care of his wife and children. Does it become his parents responsibility to take care of their needs? Is it okay for man to marry a woman if he does not have a Job and he knows he can’t support her? Would it then also be his parents responsibility to take care of them financially, even though he knew going into the marriage that he won’t be able to support her?


A: It is not the parents’ duty to take care of his wife.

If she is happy to live under the circumstance and she is sure that she will make no demands for her rights.

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


Answered by:

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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