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My mother is not practicing strict islam? Now in this case if she threatens my wife that she would ask me (son) to divorce my wife and I have to obey her as it is commanded by Prophet (PBUH). In this case what am I supposed to do. Should I divorce my wife if commanded by my mother?

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Q1: I wanted to marry Islamic way but, my mother strongly suppressed me and my marriage was 80% un-Islamic way contradicting with Prophets sunnah, I was helpless then because even all of my relatives suppressed me along with my mother. My Question is whether its allowed to remarry the same girl (my Wife) in Islamic way?


Q2: The bride`s relatives told me that without any demand or compulsion by my mother they have given some 40 sovereign of Gold along with the TV, Cot, Fridge, etc My Question is should I repay the calculated amount to the bride or to her Brother (Saala) who funded the marriage expenses.


Q3: My mother is commanding my wife that She should disobey my (husband) commands and obey only my mothers commands. Is it mandatory to obey the mother-in-laws command?


Q4: My mother is not practicing strict islam? Now in this case if she threatens my wife that she would ask me (son) to divorce my wife and I have to obey her as it is commanded by Prophet (PBUH). In this case what am I supposed to do. Should I divorce my wife if commanded by my mother?


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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.

 

Q-1: I wanted to marry Islamic way but, my mother strongly suppressed me and my marriage was 80% un-Islamic way contradicting with Prophets sunnah, I was helpless then because even all of my relatives suppressed me along with my mother. My Question is whether its allowed to remarry the same girl (my Wife) in Islamic way?

There are four absolutely obligatory conditions in Shariah for a marriage to be recognized as lawful in the Sight of Shariah Law and of Allah Subhanah:

1. Proposal by one party and acceptance by the other.

2. The determination of the mehr at the time of the marriage contract.

3. The presence of (at least) two witnesses to the marriage contract.

4. The consent of the wali/guardians of the bride to the marriage conract.

 

If even one of the above listed four obligatory conditions are violated, the marriage will be considered null and void in the Sight of Shariah.

 

We are not sure what exactly you mean that your marriage was 80% un-Islamic.if the above listed four absolutely obligatory conditions of a marriage were honored, your marriage will be considered absolutely legal in the Sight of Allah Subhanah; and if even one of the above listed four conditions were violated, the marriage will be null and void in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.

 

Your Question: My Question is whether its allowed to remarry the same girl (my Wife) in Islamic way?
If all the four obligatory conditions of the marriage were honored, there would be absolutely no need to remarry the same womanfor the marriage would be deemed absolutely lawful and legal in the Sight of Shariah Law and of Allah Subhanah.

 

If even one of the above listed four absolutely obligatory conditions were violated, then indeed a brand new nikaah honoring the obligatory conditions would be required for your marriage to be deemed lawful in the Sight of Allah Subhanah.

 

Q-2: The bride`s relatives told me that without any demand or compulsion by my mother they have given some 40 sovereign of Gold along with the TV, Cot, Fridge, etc My Question is should I repay the calculated amount to the bride or to her Brother (Saala) who funded the marriage expenses.
The primary responsibility for bearing the absolute full cost and expense of a marriage in Islam is upon the shoulders of the groom. If the brides family, of their own free will and without any force or coercion from the groom or his family have chosen to spend an amount on the marriage, or of their free will chose to give some gifts to anyone.they are the owners of their wealth and they are well within their rights to spend of their own wealth wherever they wish and please.

 

But if you sincerely believe that they were forced or coerced by your family or the society to give the said gifts to your family, and out of the piety and righteousness of your heart you wish to repay the brides family their expense and they are willing to accept it, you are obviously well within your rights to do so.

 

Q-3: My mother is commanding my wife that She should disobey my (husband) commands and obey only my mothers commands. Is it mandatory to obey the mother-in-laws command?
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 support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient and guard in (the husband's) absence what Allah would have them guard (their modesty and chastity, the honor and property of their husband, etc.)

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 286 Narrated by Umm Salamah

The Prophet (saws) said: If a woman dies while her husband was pleased with her, she will enter Paradise.

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3272 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

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


 

In light of the guidance of the Quran and the Sunnah, the wife has absolutely no duty or responsibility laid upon her by Islam towards her husbands family or in-laws, including the husbands parents, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, etc. The responsibility and duty that Islam has laid upon the believing wife is only towards making sure that her husband is pleased and satisfied with her in every aspect of her life!

 

Thus, in essence, if a believing woman worships Allah Subhanah as He Alone deserves to be worshipped, preserves her chastity, and strives to the best of her ability to please her husband, the Messenger of Allah (saws) declared that she will be given the honor to enter the Eternal Gardens of Paradise by the gates of her choice!

 

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."

 

Having said that she has absolutely no responsibility towards her husbands family, does not in any way mean or imply that she is allowed to be rude, or disrespectful, or dishonor them in any way. She must at all times strive to develop cordial relations with her in-laws.

 

But if the believing woman does, of her own free will, serves the parents or family of her husband, she would be doing a deed of ehsaan, a deed which would be over and above her prescribed duties and responsibilities; and Allah Subhanah has time and again declared in the Glorious Quran that He absolutely loves those believers who do ehsaan or deeds which are over and above their role of duty and responsibility.

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imraan verse 134 (part):

134 . for Allah loves the muhsineen (those who do deeds over and above their call of duty).

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imraan verse 148:

148 And Allah gave them a reward in this world and the excellent reward of the Hereafter. For Allah loves the muhsineen (those who do deeds over and above their call of duty).

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 195 (part):

195 and do ehsaan; for Allah loves the muhsineen (those who do deeds over and above their call of duty).

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah Maidah verse 93 (part):

93 .. For Allah loves the muhsineen (those who do deeds over and above their call of duty).

 

The wife in Islam is absolutely under no obligation to take care or serve her husbands parents or family; the duty and ultimate responsibility that the parents are served and well cared for is entirely upon the direct off-spring of the parents.

 

But if the wife, of her own will and choice, wishes to go over and above her prescribed duties and in her benevolence serves the parents and/or family members of her husband, she would be doing the extremely meritorious deed of ehsaan; and Allah Subhanah absolutely loves those who do ehsaan or deeds over and above their prescribed duties.

 

If a husband is blessed with a wife who does ehsaan and serves his parents, he should be extremely grateful and thankful to her for her superb gesture of benevolence and kindness.

 

Q-4: My mother is not practicing strict islam? Now in this case if she threatens my wife that she would ask me (son) to divorce my wife and I have to obey her as it is commanded by Prophet (PBUH). In this case what am I supposed to do. Should I divorce my wife if commanded by my mother?
Dear and beloved brother in Islam, one cannot over-emphasize the importance and significance of serving and being dutiful unto ones parents in Islam, especially when they have been blessed by the Lord to attain old age.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 17 Surah Bani Israel verses 23-24:

Your Lord has enjoined the following: You should not worship anyone but Him Alone! Treat your parents with great kindness; if either or both of them attain old age, do not even say uff to them; nor rebuke them; but speak to them kind words. Treat them with humility and tenderness and pray, O our Lord, be merciful to them, just as they brought me up with kindness and affection in my childhood.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 31 Surah Luqman verse 14:

14 And We have enjoined on man (to be good) to his parents: in travail upon travail did his mother bear him and in years twain was his weaning: (hear the command) "Show gratitude to Me and to thy parents: to Me is (thy final) Goal.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 46 Surah Ahqaaf verses 15-16:

15 We have enjoined on man kindness to his parents: in pain did his mother bear him and in pain did she give him birth. The carrying of the (child) to his weaning is (a period of) thirty months. At length when he reaches the age of full strength and attains forty years he says "O my Lord! grant me that I may be grateful for Thy favor which Thou hast bestowed upon me and upon both my parents and that I may work righteousness such as Thou mayest approve; and be gracious to me in my issue. Truly have I turned to Thee and truly do I bow (to Thee) in Islam."

16 Such are they from whom We shall accept the best of their deeds and pass by their ill deeds: (they shall be) among the Companions of the Garden: a promise of truth which was made to them (in this life).

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 215:

215 They ask thee what they should spend (in charity). Say: Whatever ye spend that is good is for parents and kindred and orphans and those in want and for wayfarers. And whatever ye do that is good Allah knoweth it well.

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4941 Narrated by Abu Umamah

A man said, "O Messenger of Allah (saws), what rights can parents demand from their children?" He (saws) replied, "They are (or your relation with them will determine) your Paradise or your Hell."

 

Sahih Muslim Hadith 6189 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah

Allah's Messenger (saws) said: Let him be humbled into dust! Let him be humbled into dust! It was said: O Allah's Messenger (saws), who is he? He (saws) said: He who sees either of his parents during their old age or he sees both of them, but he does not enter Paradise (through his deeds of service towards them)!

 

Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 5120 Narrated by Mu'awiyah ibn Hayadah

I asked: O Messenger of Allah(saws)! To whom should I show kindness most? He (saws) replied: Your mother. I asked (again): Who next?. He (saws) replied: Your mother!. I asked: Who next? He (saws) replied: Your mother! I asked again: Who next? and he (saws) replied: Your father, and then your relatives in order of relationship.

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 4939 Narrated by Mu'awiyah ibn Jahimah

Jahimah came to the Prophet (saws) and said, "Messenger of Allah (saws), I desire to go on a military expedition and I have come to consult you. He (saws) asked him if he had a mother, and when he replied that he had, he (saws) said, "Stay with her, for Paradise is at her feet."

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.18 Narrated by Aisha

The Prophet (saws) said: "The word 'Ar-Rahm' (womb) derives its name from 'Ar-Rahman' (i.e. Allah). So whosoever keeps good relations with it (womb i.e. kith and kin), Allah will keep good relations with him, and whosoever will sever it (i.e. severs his bonds of kith and kin) Allah too will sever His relations with him!"

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 8.290 Narrated by Abu Bakra

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "Shall I inform you of the biggest of the Great Sins?" They said, "Yes, O Allah's Messenger (saws)!" He (saws) said, "To join partners in worship with Allah, and to be undutiful to one's parents."

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.505 Narrated by Abdullah

I asked the Prophet (saws): "Which deed is the dearest to Allah?" He (saws) replied, "To offer the prayers at their early stated fixed times." I asked, "What is the next (in goodness)?" He (saws) replied, "To be good and dutiful to your parents." I again asked, "What is the next (in goodness)?" He (saws) replied, "To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah's cause." 'Abdullah added, "I asked only that much and if I had asked more, the Prophet (saws) would have told me more."

 

Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 4.248 Narrated byAbdullah bin Amr

A man came to the Prophet asking his permission to take part in Jihad. The Prophet asked him, "Are your parents alive?" He replied in the affirmative. The Prophet said to him, "Then exert yourself in their service."

 

Your Question: In this case what am I supposed to do. Should I divorce my wife if commanded by my mother?

Respected brother in Islam, if (Allah forbid) your mother commands you to divorce your wife, you would be required to study the reason/s behind why she gave you such a command.if she commands you to divorce your wife for strong Islamic reasons, like your wife is unchaste, or she is disobedient or ungrateful to you, or she is severely negligent in fulfilling her obligatory duties in Islam, etc.then indeed you should heed the guidance and advice of your mother and divorce your wife.

 

But if you find that your mother commanded you to divorce your wife for no strong or Islamic reason, then you are not to obey this unlawful command of hers; and there would be absolutely no sin upon you.

 

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 3696 Narrated by An-Nawwas ibn Sam'an

Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "A creature is not to be obeyed when it involves disobedience to the Creator."

 

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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