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Parents vs parents in law

Fatwaa ID: 1590

As salaamu alaykum Mufti Sahab, I have a question. According to the Shari’at of Islam, the ranks of one’s parents and one’s in-laws parents are equal or not. Kya maabaap ka aur saas sasur ka darja barabar he? Again I am asking on the basis of Shari’at of Islam and not on the basis of humanity

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

The rank of the parents is the highest. Shari’ah has enjoined being dutiful to them and honoring them. There is no one equal to them in this respect. The parents-in-laws are not equal to the parents.

It is not clear what the context of your question is. However, as a general guideline for married couples, if you respect and honor the parents of your spouse like your own parents, then your spouse too will honor your parents. You should not disrespect your parents-in-laws. If you do, then expect the same shown towards you, and you will be accountable and responsible for that.

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

01/20/1445 AH – 08/07/2023 CE | AMG3-4030

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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