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Father in law won’t let wife move after Nikkah

Fatwaa ID: 720

Question:
My Nikkah has been done, but my father-in-law will not allow my wife to move with me because the shaadi (cultural event) has not happened, is there anything I can do?

Is there any religious basis in tying the daughter leaving the home to a cultural event? She wants to move but her father won’t let even though I am her husband.

Is there any religious argument I can make to convince my father-in-law to allow my wife to come to me?

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

May Allaah Ta’aala bless your marriage and fill it with love, harmony and happiness.

Once nikaah takes place, the bride and groom are now married. They may move in together. They may engage in intimacy and do as they wish.

In the enquired situation, customarily, the bride only moves in after certain functions or events. If you had agreed to this prior to your nikaah, then you should honor that agreement. If necessary, request the family to have the event sooner. Perhaps a family senior from your side may discuss the matter with the bride’s family. If you did not agree to this, then they do not have any right in preventing her from moving in with you. There is no religious significance in this. It is based on mutual agreement.

In all cases, the family may not prevent you from meeting and interacting with your wife.

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

08/03/1444 AH – 02/23/2023 CE

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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