Is the husband responsible for the maintenance of a house owned by his wife?

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Q: I have been married for a few years, initially I stayed in a flat which belonged to me but after sometime my father in-law bought us a house. The house is owned by my wife. In regard to maintenance of the home, as the husband of the house, to what extent must I be responsible for the maintenance and expenditure on the building?


A: It is the husband’s duty to provide the home. Since you are living in your wife’s home then as a token of appreciation you may take care of the maintenance of the home.

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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