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Wife’s Guardian After Marriage

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Wife’s Guardian After Marriage

Question Summary

What happens to the guardian (wali) of the wife after marriage? Does she need his permission to leave home (with her husband) if she lives with her father?

Question Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate


May Allah guide every dimension of our lives to that which pleases Him

Husband’s Authority – Normal Circumstances

Upon marriage, a husband accepts the responsibility of caring for his bride from her guardian (wali). He also receives the authority with which the responsibility comes. Under normal circumstances, the wife only needs her husband’s permission. [Misri, ʿUmda Al-Salik]

Husband’s Authority Without Fulfilling Responsibilities

In this case, the fact that the woman lives in her father’s home means that her husband is not taking full responsibility for caring for her (nafaqa). As she is living in her father’s home, she has to obey her father’s house rules. If the husband refuses to accept this, he merely needs to fulfill his responsibilities and provide her with the lodging he owes her, Allah knows best.

I pray this is of benefit and that Allah guides us all

[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan.

Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki, among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. For the last five years till present, he has served as the Khatib of Masjid Ar-Rashideen, Mowbray, Cape Town.

Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and pursuing his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness.


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