Breaking ties with a person who has bad habits

Q: I would like to know if breaking ties with a family member is allowed, because my husband’s sister does all the wrong stuff like going clubbing she and indulges in adultery, smoking, consuming alcohol and drugs. The only reason that I have to keep contact with her is because she had taken a loan from me and still has not returned it, but as soon as she pays me back I would like to break every relation with her, because I feel that she is a bad influence and I also have 2 daughters growing up so I would like to know if my decsion is correct?


A: If you are able to advise her and guide her to the straight path, then you should do so. However, if you are unable to influence her towards good and you fear that you and your family will be influenced by her wrongs, then you should keep a distance.

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

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)