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Donating secretly without telling the husband

Fatwaa ID: 2170

Question:
Assalamu alaikum wrwb mufti
A sister wanted to know if she can give charity for a good cause without the husband’s knowledge thinking he might disagree. I didn’t think so bcos the hadith of “what the right hand gives the left hand mustn’t know”(not exact wording) came to mind. She argues she is not working and it is her husband’s money.
It depends on one’s intention and if it is done for Allah’s sake she will be rewarded accordingly. If the husband doesnt know about it she is not sinful. Is this correct?

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

The details of your question are not clear. We understand that you are enquiring about a woman giving in charity without the husband’s knowledge or permission. There are two scenarios: either the money belongs to her or it is the husband’s. If the money she gives in charity is hers, then she does not require the husband’s knowledge or permission to donate it. If the money however is the husband’s, then she must have his permission to donate, either express permission or implied. She cannot spend or donate his money without his permission. In the former case, the scholars advise that it would be better to consult with the husband, albeit not necessary.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

08/18/1445 AH – 02/28/2024 CE | AML-9833

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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