Living in the same house with one’s ex-wife

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Q: I divorced my wife 3 times not in 1 go. We are living in the same house as we have an 8 year old son. Me and my ex wife dont see each other in the house. If she is upstairs I am downstairs and vice versa. Its a rented property. She has said after her iddah she wil move out. Is it ok that we are living in the same house? Will we be sinful? Our son is becoming a hafiz so thats why I have not moved out from here as I wake him up in the morning and sit with him whilst he prays. He is used to being with me. He doesnt learn properly with his mum.


A: It is permissible as long as you are dead sure that you will not be tempted to go near her.

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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