Firm! Here’s the Law Prioritizing Giving Material Support to Parents Compared to Wives According to Islam


BONSERNEWS.com – In Islam, giving a decent living to the wife is a very important husband’s obligation.

However, sometimes there are situations where the husband chooses to pay off his parents’ debts rather than provide a decent living for his wife.

This article will discuss views in Islamic law regarding the obligation to provide a living, overcome challenges that may arise, and examine valid arguments in the Qur’an which underline the importance of providing a living in family life.

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Proof: “لِلرِّجَالِ نَصِيبٌ مِمَّا اكْتَسَبُوا ۖ وَلِلنِّسَاءِ نَصِيبٌ مِمَّا اكْتَسَبْنَ ۚ وَاسْأَلُوا O Allah, the Most High, the Most Merciful” (النساء:32)

Meaning: “For men there is a share of what they earn and for women there is a share of what they earn. And ask Allah for some of His bounty. Verily Allah is All-Knower of all things.” (QS. An-Nisa: 32)

In Islamic law, the husband has the obligation to provide a decent living to his wife, including meeting basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter.

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However, if the husband chooses to pay the debts of his parents rather than provide a proper living for his wife, this creates injustice and violates the rights of the wife in Islam.

The argument quoted above from the Al-Qur’an, Surah An-Nisa verse 32, underlines that every individual, both men and women, has the right to a share of what they earn.

In this context, the wife also has the right to receive a decent living from her husband according to her economic capacity.

In situations like these, it is important for wives and husbands to communicate honestly and openly about the family’s financial needs and priorities.

The husband should understand his obligation to provide a decent living for his wife and try to fulfill it.