Fatwaa ID: 1810
Pls guide in the following circumstances someone is know is facing.
Husband (around 65 years old ) wife ( around 55 years old). Married for 40+ years, both healthy and active.
Both has been arguing from quite long on and off. Fought and forgave.
The husband had been calling her mentally ill for quite some time during their fight ( although she is not) he once forced her to go doctor.
The doctor gave medicine. She took.it then became quite ill. Went to doc again. Another doc stopped medicine.
Now after few years, this time when they fought.
He is demanding her to go to the doctor get herself mentally checked and take medicine. Or leave his house.
Currently she is living in her room and only comes out when husband is not around.
Their 3 married sons lives separately and don’t want to take either one side as they think it would be unfair. They tried to convince their father that she is not mentally ill but he is adamant.
What should the wife do? Should she get herself checked and take medicine? ( she is afraid that he will use cheap tactics to prove her mentally ill) Or leave?
Hope its clear.
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.
We take note of the details of your query. May Allaah Ta’aala place love, mercy and affection between the couple and allow them to live with happiness and bliss.
We note that the husband is adamant on the wife consulting a mental health professional. If the wife claims that she is not mentally ill, then she should go see a reliable competent doctor and inform them of the issue at hand. They will assess the situation and advise accordingly. If she is not ill, then they would not prescribe her any medicine. How would the husband use cheap tactics to prove something? A check up is generally confidential and one on one. The wife may consider advising the husband to go for a similar consultation as well.
And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين
Darul Iftaa New York answers questions on issues pertaining to Shari’ah. These questions and answers are placed for public view on askthemufti.us for educational purposes. The rulings given here are based on the questions posed and should be read in conjunction with the questions. Many answers are unique to a particular scenario and cannot be taken as a basis to establish a ruling in another situation.
Darul Iftaa New York bears no responsibility with regard to its answers being used out of their intended contexts, nor with regard to any loss or damage that may be caused by acting on its answers or not doing so.
References and links to other websites should not be taken as an endorsement of all contents of those websites.
Answers may not be used as evidence in any court of law without prior written consent of Darul Iftaa New York.