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Taking bribes and accepting marital harm 

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Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

One Muslim sister is working in a office where it is very easily possible to take bribe but masha’Allah she has a good characteristics and she don’t take the money. Her husband also works in another office. He some times insist that she take the illegal money. He also has some physical problem (concerning fertility—-he don’t feel the desire for his wife). Now they are working in two different district and he may come to her place for 2 days after at least 20 days.He is not also interested in getting a transfer. Also he doesn’t take care for her. He never bears her expenses. His family knew about his physical problem before the wedding and even he is not interested to take medical treatment. Wife wants to have a child but it seems that he is not interested and also he is not capable of being a father. The attitude of the husband and his family seems that they wanted the wedding only for the sake of the illegal money that the wife might got from his work. So will it be permissible for the wife to divorce her husband.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Walaikum assalam,

Situations such as this, where there are numerous considerations, are best dealt with through direct, step-by-step counselling with a reliable local Muslim scholar.

The basis is that one first take all reasonable means to maintain the marriage, but in a way that leads to both sides obtaining and safeguarding their full rights. When this is not possible, or when there is obvious harm or abuse, then one has to take the means to ensure that this end or that the marriage end.

Thus, please refer to a local scholar of knowledge and wisdom.

As for doing the haram, such as accepting bribes, one cannot obey anyone in disobedience to Allah. Please search on www.SunniPath.com for accepting bribes for detailed answers.

And Allah alone gives success.



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