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Wife desirous of moving near her sister due to loneliness

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Q: We live in one area.. I have grown up and stayed all my life there.. My parents are nearby.. My friends.. Masjid where I offer my salats.. My wife says she is all alone the whole day and got no company.. It’s not that she isn’t provided with a shelter or security.. Now she wants to move to a place in an area where her sister’s resides… She is pressurising the husband to let go of the current residence and move to the area where her sister’s stay… Not that where we are currently staying is a bad place or the husband is denying her shelter.. And she is doing all this under the pretext that it’s her right as a wife and I should comply… Is this jayaz permissible or has the husband got a right to give in to her demands.. 


A: If her needs are being provided and the place is not unsafe then she should remain there. This is the ruling. My personal suggestion is that if this type of loneliness is going to lead to some disaster like depression or some other wrong then you should be considerate towards her feelings and emotions.

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

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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