Can you please advise me if I am responsible for the expenses of these children or this is their fathers responsibility according to Islam. Thanks.
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can you please advise me if I am responsible for the expenses of these children or this is their fathers responsibility according to Islam. Thanks.
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Your Question: .can you please advise me if I am responsible for the expenses of these children or this is their fathers responsibility according to Islam.
Respected brother in Islam, the complete financial responsibility for the upkeep of your step-children (children of your wife from her previous marriage), lies solely upon the shoulders of their real father in Shariah. You, as their step-father, are not legally responsible for the financial upkeep of your step-children, but if you, of your own free will, wish to spend on them from your resources, you are well within your rights to do so.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 33 Surah Ahzaab verses 4-5:
4 Allah has not made for any man two hearts in his (one) body: nor has He made your wives whom ye divorce by Zihar your mothers: nor has He made your adopted sons your sons. Such is (only) your (manner of) speech by your mouths. But Allah tells (you) the Truth and He shows the (right) Way.
5 Call them (those whom you adopt) by (the names) of their fathers: that is juster in the sight of Allah; but if ye know not their father's (names call them) your Brothers in faith or your Maulas. But there is no blame on you if ye make a mistake therein: (what counts is) the intention of your hearts: and Allah is Oft-Returning Most Merciful.
Because the children of your wife resulting from another marriage are not your children, they cannot and should not attach your name to their namesbut rather they should always be called and recognized by the name of their own father. Their real father would be legally responsible in Shariah to bear the complete financial burden for their upkeep, even if they happen to live with their mother; he would have fair visitation rights, he would inherit from them, and they would inherit from him. Your step-children will neither inherit from you, nor will you inherit from them in Shariah.
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