Husbands illegitimate child

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: I need advice please. Several years ago my husband wanted to marry a woman he made pregnant. I didn’t accept it then because I feel it is wrong to want to cover up a big sin like that with marriage. He chose to stay with me when I gave him an ultimatum. The child is 11 years now. The mother passed on and he wants to bring the child to our home because she apparently got no relatives. I am not willing to bring this child up after all the pain he put me through he has the gumption to ask me to bring up his illegitimate child! I feel so much hatred for him right now.


A: Definitely it is not your responsibility to take care of his child. However, when the child has got nobody and it is totally sinless then it is something that we should make some considerations for. Just as we long for the perpetual mercy of Allah Ta`ala for ourselves we should be considerate and compassionate towards others, especially those who have nobody to support them.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)