Husband referring to the wife as partner

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Q: I just wanted to let you know that me and my husband both are British citizen. We are married and registered by the Islamic law,and completed our aqd in the mosque.we also have a Muslim marriage certificate. By the way,we did not register our wedding ceremony under the law of Britain. Some people say you have to register and some says that the Islamic marriage certificate is enough and we are legally married. The thing is,my husband always calls me as a “partner” instead of “wife”. Even in council or doctor matters,he always says “my partner”.it sounds a bit odd and upsetting to me that where Allah has made us husband and wife why do you have to hide that for? He got angry either me that I don’t know the law system and he has to call me partner otherwise they would check if we are married under the British law or not.and he says that it’s not important to call each other husband wife. My question is,is it right what he says?because I think it’s some kind of morality and the word partner doesn’t include in morality because that’s what girlfriend boyfriend or lover says when they stay together without getting married. I feel so ashamed when my husband calls me partner but he doesn’t seem to think this seriously. Is it right that he is calling me partner?


A: If he is concealing the fact that you are married to him then this is wrong.

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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