Fatwa: # 42163
Category: Marriage (Nikah)
Country: United States
Date: 26th March 2019


Can husband travel with toddler without wife’s permission?


Question: My husband and I reside in the United States. My husband wishes to travel to Pakistan with our toddler. I do not want him to do this. Can he do this?


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

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

In principle, the mother possesses the right of custody (hadhana) during the marriage. Accordingly, her husband is not permitted to travel such a distance with the child without her permission.[1] We advise the couple to come to a mutual agreement, thereby settling the issue.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Tahmid Chowdhury

Student Darul Iftaa

New York, USA

Checked and Approved by,

Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



بدائع الصنائع ج٤ ص٤٤ ط دار الكتب العلمية

فمكان الحضانة مكان الزوجين إذا كانت الزوجية بينهما قائمة حتى لو أراد الزوج أن يخرج من البلد وأراد أن يأخذ ولده الصغير ممن له الحضانة من النساء ليس له ذلك حتى يستغني عنها لما ذكرنا أنها أحق بالحضانة منه فلا يملك انتزاعه من يدها لما فيه من إبطال حقها فضلا عن الإخراج من البلد


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