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Can an unmarried woman use welfare provisions obtained through deceptive means by her parents?

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Assalamu’alaikum brother,

I am a female, unmarried student in the UK and am 20 years old.

My question is regarding income. My father works full-time but does not tell the government about this, in order to receive certain state welfare. This is obviously wrong and haram. My mother knows about this and is fine with it. I’ve tried to talk to them about moving away from such things, but to no avail.

However, though they receive some welfare through their deception, they also receive some welfare that they are genuinely eligible for, regardless of work (though they still lie about their income on this form too).
So my parents’ income comprises of my father’s wages (halal) plus the benefits they can genuinely receive (though still lied for but do truly meet the criteria for it); and also of the welfare received through utter deception and which they do not qualify for at all in actual fact. So it is about half haram, half halal, give or take.

My question is: is it permissible for me, a young and unmarried woman, to eat from the food and use the provisions that my parents provide through these funds, as I must live with my parents? I don’t know if I have to support myself in this case. I do receive student finance, a non-repayable interest free grant, and also work part-time. I cannot move out of home until I am married and don’t know how I can constantly refuse to eat what my parents provide or not use the provisions in the home funded by this wealth, ie. gas/electricity.

I look forward to your response brother and will be truly grateful for it. You will be in my duahs. Jazak’Allahu khairun immensely for your time and efforts.



Bismillahir Rahmaanir Raheem

Respected questioner,

It is better not to partake from such wealth, you should encourage your father to separate the halal income and use that on expenses. [1]

It states in Fatawa Al Hindiyyah:

ุฃูŽู‡ู’ุฏูŽู‰ ุฅู„ูŽู‰ ุฑูŽุฌูู„ู ุดูŽูŠู’ุฆู‹ุง ุฃูŽูˆู’ ุฃูŽุถูŽุงููŽู‡ู ุฅู†ู’ ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ุบูŽุงู„ูุจู ู…ูŽุงู„ูู‡ู ู…ูู†ู’ ุงู„ู’ุญูŽู„ูŽุงู„ู ููŽู„ูŽุง ุจูŽุฃู’ุณูŽ ุฅู„ูŽู‘ุง ุฃูŽู†ู’ ูŠูŽุนู’ู„ูŽู…ูŽ ุจูุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุญูŽุฑูŽุงู…ูŒุŒ ููŽุฅูู†ู’ ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ุงู„ู’ุบูŽุงู„ูุจู ู‡ููˆูŽ ุงู„ู’ุญูŽุฑูŽุงู…ูŽ ูŠูŽู†ู’ุจูŽุบููŠ ุฃูŽู†ู’ ู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽู‚ู’ุจูŽู„ูŽ ุงู„ู’ู‡ูŽุฏููŠูŽู‘ุฉูŽุŒ ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽุฃู’ูƒูู„ูŽ ุงู„ุทูŽู‘ุนูŽุงู…ูŽ ุฅู„ูŽู‘ุง ุฃูŽู†ู’ ูŠูุฎู’ุจูุฑูŽู‡ู ุจูุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ู‡ู ุญูŽู„ูŽุงู„ูŒ ูˆูŽุฑูุซู’ุชูู‡ู ุฃูŽูˆู’ ุงุณู’ุชูŽู‚ู’ุฑูŽุถู’ุชูู‡ู ู…ูู†ู’ ุฑูŽุฌูู„ูุŒ ูƒูŽุฐูŽุง ูููŠ ุงู„ู’ูŠูŽู†ูŽุงุจููŠุนู.

ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽุฌููˆุฒู ู‚ูŽุจููˆู„ู ู‡ูŽุฏููŠูŽู‘ุฉู ุฃูู…ูŽุฑูŽุงุกู ุงู„ู’ุฌูŽูˆู’ุฑูุ› ู„ูุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ ุงู„ู’ุบูŽุงู„ูุจูŽ ูููŠ ู…ูŽุงู„ูู‡ูู…ู’ ุงู„ู’ุญูุฑู’ู…ูŽุฉู ุฅู„ูŽู‘ุง ุฅุฐูŽุง ุนูŽู„ูู…ูŽ ุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ ุฃูŽูƒู’ุซูŽุฑูŽ ู…ูŽุงู„ูู‡ู ุญูŽู„ูŽุงู„ูŒ ุจูุฃูŽู†ู’ ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ุตูŽุงุญูุจูŽ ุชูุฌูŽุงุฑูŽุฉู ุฃูŽูˆู’ ุฒูŽุฑู’ุนู ููŽู„ูŽุง ุจูŽุฃู’ุณูŽ ุจูู‡ูุ› ู„ูุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ ุฃูŽู…ู’ูˆูŽุงู„ูŽ ุงู„ู†ูŽู‘ุงุณู ู„ูŽุง ุชูŽุฎู’ู„ููˆ ุนูŽู†ู’ ู‚ูŽู„ููŠู„ู ุญูŽุฑูŽุงู…ู ููŽุงู„ู’ู…ูุนู’ุชูŽุจูŽุฑู ุงู„ู’ุบูŽุงู„ูุจูุŒ ูˆูŽูƒูŽุฐูŽุง ุฃูŽูƒู’ู„ู ุทูŽุนูŽุงู…ูู‡ูู…ู’ุŒ ูƒูŽุฐูŽุง ูููŠ ุงู„ูุงุฎู’ุชููŠูŽุงุฑู ุดูŽุฑู’ุญู ุงู„ู’ู…ูุฎู’ุชูŽุงุฑู.

ุขูƒูู„ู ุงู„ุฑูŽู‘ุจูŽู‘ุง ูˆูŽูƒูŽุงุณูุจู ุงู„ู’ุญูŽุฑูŽุงู…ู ุฃูŽู‡ู’ุฏูŽู‰ ุฅู„ูŽูŠู’ู‡ู ุฃูŽูˆู’ ุฃูŽุถูŽุงููŽู‡ู ูˆูŽุบูŽุงู„ูุจู ู…ูŽุงู„ูู‡ู ุญูŽุฑูŽุงู…ูŒ ู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽู‚ู’ุจูŽู„ูุŒ ูˆูŽู„ูŽุง ูŠูŽุฃู’ูƒูู„ู ู…ูŽุง ู„ูŽู…ู’ ูŠูุฎู’ุจูุฑู’ู‡ู ุฃูŽู†ูŽู‘ ุฐูŽู„ููƒูŽ ุงู„ู’ู…ูŽุงู„ูŽ ุฃูŽุตู’ู„ูู‡ู ุญูŽู„ูŽุงู„ูŒ ูˆูŽุฑูุซูŽู‡ู ุฃูŽูˆู’ ุงุณู’ุชูŽู‚ู’ุฑูŽุถูŽู‡ูุŒ ูˆูŽุฅูู†ู’ ูƒูŽุงู†ูŽ ุบูŽุงู„ูุจู ู…ูŽุงู„ูู‡ู ุญูŽู„ูŽุงู„ู‹ุง ู„ูŽุง ุจูŽุฃู’ุณูŽ ุจูู‚ูŽุจููˆู„ู ู‡ูŽุฏููŠูŽู‘ุชูู‡ู ูˆูŽุงู„ู’ุฃูŽูƒู’ู„ู ู…ูู†ู’ู‡ูŽุงุŒ ูƒูŽุฐูŽุง ูููŠ ุงู„ู’ู…ูู„ู’ุชูŽู‚ูŽุทู.

(ุงู„ูุชุงูˆูŠ ุงู„ู‡ู†ุฏูŠุฉุŒ ูƒุชุงุจ ุงู„ูƒุฑุงู‡ูŠุฉุŒ ุงู„ู’ุจูŽุงุจู ุงู„ุซูŽู‘ุงู†ููŠ ุนูŽุดูŽุฑูŽ ูููŠ ุงู„ู’ู‡ูŽุฏูŽุงูŠูŽุง ูˆูŽุงู„ุถูู‘ูŠูŽุงููŽุงุชูุŒ ุงู„ุฌุฒุก ูฅุŒ ุงู„ุตูุญุฉ ูคูขูก)

And Allah knows best

Please remember me in your dua’s
Maulana Khalil Ibn Ilyas Laher
London, UK

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