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Spoilt relationship with in laws

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Brother, recently i had problem with my in laws. i am not well since a a month or so.somehow i was trying to stay withthem and serve them. but now my health got worst and was in need of rest. so i came to my parents home, yes after giving back answers to my in mom in law, coz she was not i n a mood to send me to my parents home. because my in laws say that after marraige a girls house is her in laws house. my husband is abroad. i am doctor by profession and i used to work in a hospital along with my home chores at my in laws place.to my marraige now it is 1 year.and i used to visit my prents house whenver possible and stay.i have co sister who got married at the same time and she is elder to me both in relation ship and age, but she is insecure about her qualification.and also she does not want to help me in any of the household chores, ans she never did help me even when i asked her for help.now she has told lies against me to my inlaws.and they believe it also, because she is syed (i dont believe in syed and blah blah, i believe in being a muslim) .she has now left to her husbands place-abroad. but before leaving she has done the damage. now my in laws do believe it. and i di not live for a long with my husband also(around 40 days iwas with my husband), i am feeling the trust which should be there between a husband and wife is decreasing, as he is not believing me. now in this situation my parents did try to settle the matter and had a talk with my in laws, but it appears to be not so effective. i am worried about my relation ship with my husband. because my mom in law already told my husband about all lies and things which were happening. what should i do in this situation. please patiently answer my question. Jazakallah . allah hafiz. 

 

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Spoilt relationship with in laws

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 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 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.

 

Respected sister, it is the duty of your husband alone to take care of his ailing and aged parents. If you as the wife are not comfortable living with your in-laws, you are well within your rights in Shariah to demand that your husband provide a separate accommodation for you according to the means available to him.and if your husband has the means, he should strive to fulfill this lawful demand of yours.

 

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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