The Wealth and Dower of a Wife


839 The Wealth and Dower of a Wife

Posted on November 04, 2013 | Filed under Mukhtalif Fatawajaat, Miscellaneous Nature

Question :
Is it allowed for a husband to take his wife's wealth and to include it with his if such was done with her permission or must he first get the permission of their children?

Answer :
There is no doubt that a woman has the most right to her dowry and her wealth that she got through her work, as a gift inheritance and so forth. It is her wealth and her possession. She may dispose of it herself and no one else may do so. But if she allows her husband to take all of it or part of it, this is permissible and it becomes permissible for him. As Allah says in the Qur'an,
And give to the women their dower with a good heart, but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part o fit to you, take it, and enjoy it without fear of any harm [as Allah has made it lawful].
"And give to the women their dower with a good heart, but if they, of their own good pleasure, remit any part o fit to you, take it, and enjoy it without fear of any harm [as Allah has made it lawful]."
Al-Nisa 4.

This is conditional upon her giving it of her free will and pleasure. There is no need for the approval of her children or anyone else as long as she is competent and mature. However, it is not allowed for the wife to then use that for her benefit, continuing to praise what she did and continuing to remind her husband of the favor she did for him. In the same way, it is not allowed for the husband to mistreat her if she refused to give him her wealth. He cannot make things difficult for her or harm her if she does not give it to him as it is her personal properly and she has the most right to it. And Allah knows best.
Shaikh ibn Jibreen

 
 
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