Child custody

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Q: Can you give the proper ruling regarding the proper shariah of child custody?


A: After divorce, the wife gets custody of the children. In the case of a girl, the mother gets custody till the age of nine. In the case of a boy, the mother gets custody till the age of seven. Thereafter, the father will get the custody of the children. For further details refer to

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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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