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Husband’s responsibility to purchase a home for the wife

Fatwaa ID: 330

Assalamualaikum, is it the husbands responsibility islamically to purchase a home and is the wife’s name on the house on it as well?
Or does she need to contribute for the house to be in her name?

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

It is the husband’s responsibility to provide adequate living space to his wife in accordance to his financial capability. He does not have to purchase a home for himself nor for her. If he does purchase a home, he does not have to add the wife’s name to the house as a co-owner. The house belongs to him unless he chooses to voluntarily gift it or a portion of it to the wife. It should be noted that merely adding the wife’s name would not necessitate ownership unless a valid gifting or partnership is found. If she contributes to the purchase of a house, then the ownership would be according to the mutually agreed ratio.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

06/16/1444 AH – 01/09/2023 CE | AML1-6815

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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