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Right over spouse’s money

Fatwaa ID: 754

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah
What is the right of a women on her husband’s money ?
Does the Husband has rights on Women’s earnings?

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

  1. The husband must provide meals, clothing and shelter for the wife. Anything beyond that is not legally obligatory on the husband. The wife does not have a right on anything beyond that. However, the husband is encouraged to spend on his wife beyond that to ensure a happy and blissful marriage. He is also encouraged to give her allowances for her personal spending. All this will be counted as sadaqah for him.
  2. The husband does not have any right on the wife’s earning. However, if there is a need, then the wife is encouraged to assist him.

It should be remembered that the strength and bliss in a marriage is not maintained by doing what is legally obligatory. Rather, both spouses must do more than what is necessary to enjoy their married life.

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

08/09/1444 AH – 03/01/2023 CE | AML1-7207

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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