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If husband want children and wife say that she is not ready for another one now...maybe after 5-6 years due to the busy schedule...

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Burhan, May Allah give you all what you need in life here and make you successful in the Aakhira Aameen....Brother my question is...if husband want children and wife say that she is not ready for another one now...maybe after 5-6 years due to the busy schedule...no health issues with wife...both are very happy with each other...can you please tell us what Quran and Hadith tells us about this...should wife obey the husband and have as many babies as husband wants or is it her right to have another baby whenever she wants...what is correct and what is not please explain...Jazak-Allah..your brother Abdullah

 

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The spacing of children

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 140:

Most surely they became losers, who, in their folly and ignorance killed their own children; and made unlawful what Allah had provided them as sustenance, falsely ascribing prohibitions to Allah. Surely, they went astray and were not at all rightly guided.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 6 Surah Anaam verse 151 (part):


You should not kill your children for fear of poverty; for We provide sustenance for you and will provide sustenance for them also.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Israa verse 31:

Do not kill your children for fear of want; for it is We Who provide for them, and for you as well. Indeed, their killing is a heinous crime!

 

If the intention behind ones reasoning to limit or stop having more off-spring is their fear or concern of how they will be able to provide for them, then the stopping of having further off-spring would be absolutely against the guidance of Allah and His Messenger (saws), and a grave sin in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.

 

If one fears for the health of the mother, or if one wishes that the mother would be better able to feed and nurture their child if there was a reasonable gap or space between the births of their children, etc., the majority of the scholars in Islam are of the opinion that under such circumstances there is allowance in Shariah and no harm if the parents wish to space their children for a reasonable period of weaning, which is approximately two years.

 

But to limit the number of children or permanently to stop the having of children because one fears for their sustenance would, without an iota of a doubt, be absolutely against the guidance of Allah and His Messenger (saws).

 

Your Question: ...should wife obey the husband and have as many babies as husband wants or is it her right to have another baby whenever she wants...what is correct and what is not please explain...

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 34:

34 Men are the protectors and maintainers of women because Allah has given the one more than the other, and because they (the men) support them (their women) from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard (their honor, their chastity, the property of the husband, etc.)

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3272 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

When Allah's Messenger (saws) was asked which woman was best, he (saws) replied, "The one who pleases (her husband) when he looks at her, obeys him when he gives a (lawful) command, and does not go against his wishes regarding her person or property by doing anything of which he disapproves."

 

Islam has commanded and made it an obligatory duty upon the righteous believing woman to devoutly obey her husband whenever he gives her a lawful command; for the reward of a righteous believing woman who worships Allah Alone and devoutly obeys the lawful commands of her husband is nothing short of Paradise!

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3254 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "When a woman observes the five times of prayer, fasts during Ramadan, preserves her chastity and obeys her husband, she may enter by any of the gates of Paradise she wishes."

 

If the wife can convince her husband and obtain his consent to allow her to space the birth of their children for a reasonable period, there is no harm; but if the husband does not consent, it would be akin to piety and righteousness on the part of the wife to obey the lawful commands of her husband, and thus seek her rewards for her obedience from Allah Subhanah.

 

If one trusts, obeys, and follows the guidance and commands of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of never ever being misled; but if one believes, obeys and follows any other guidance, other than that of Allah and His Messenger (saws), one can be assured of being led astray.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan


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