Fatwa: # 19782
Category: Character & Morals
Country: United States
Date: 22nd February 2012


Is there any Hadeeth proving the wife’s right to live in a separate home?


Is there any Hadeeth indicating the wife’s right to stay in an individual house with the husband and not that of the husband’s family?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. 

As-salāmu `alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

1. In principle, it is necessary for one to provide residence/shelter for one’s wife.[1]

2. It is necessary for one to provide a completely separate home for one’s wife, if both the spouses can afford to do so.[2] 

3. It is necessary for one to at least provide a completely separate room for one’s wife, if one cannot afford to provide a separate home for one’s wife. [3]

4. The room maybe in the home of one’s in-laws as long as one’s in-laws do not have free unhindered access to the room, no laws of the Shariah are violated and one’s wife is not harmed by staying in her in-law’s home.[4]                                                         

6. There is no mention in the Hadeeth regarding the issue in question. However, the rulings of the Fuqahaa/jurists serve as sufficient basis for the above mentioned injunctions.

7. Mutual understanding between the spouses should be employed when dealing with such sensitive issues. 

And Allah knows best.

Mawlana Ismail Desai,
Durban, South Africa
Student Darul Iftaa


Checked and Approved 
Mufti Ebrahim Desai


 و كما تجب النفقة و الكسوة علي الزوج لزوجته تجب عليه السكني لها. الاحكام الشرعية في الاحوال الشخصية.[1]

ص 422/ ج 1. السلام.

و كذا تجب لها السكني. الدرالمختار. ص 599/ ج 3. ابج ابم سعيد.

لان السكني من كفايتها فيجب لها كالنفقة. الهداية. ص 445/ ج 2.قديمي.

2 تجب للمراة علي زوجها في دار علي حدتها ان كانا موسرين. الاحكام الشرعية في الاحوال الشخصية. ص421/ ج 1. السلام.


3 و ان لم يكونا كذالك فعليه اسكانها في بيت من دار علي حدته. الاحكام الشرعية في الاحوال الشخصية. ص 422/ ج 1.السلام.

 و كذا تجب للزوجة لها السكني في بيت خال عن اهله. الدر المختار. ص 599/ ج 3. ايج ايم سعيد.

فتاوي محموديه.ص 108/ ج 20. محموديه.

4 و اذا وجبت السكني حقا للزوجة فليس للزوج ان يشرك غيرها معها لانها تتضرر به.الاحكام الشرعية في الاحوال الشخصية. ص 425/ ج 1.

و في البدائع لو اراد ان يسكنها مع ضرتها او مع احمائها كامه و اختهو بنته فابت فعليه ان يسكنها في منزل منفرد لان ابائها دليل الاذي و الضرر.رد المحتار. ص 601/ ج 3. ايج ايم سعيد.

و كذا تجب للزوجة لها السكني في بيت خال عن اهله لانها تتضرر بمشاركة غيرها فيه.رد المحتار. ص 599/ ج 3. ايج ايم سعيد.


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