Husband prevents wife from going to her parent’s house

Reference: al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa Fadheelatush-Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fowzaan – Volume 3, Page 246, Fatwa No. 372

Question: What is the ruling about the man who prevents his wife from going to her parent’s house if they cause problems and interfere in their married life?

What is the least that is required for the wife to maintain her family ties?

Is it enough to write [letters] and call (telephone) only?

Response: Yes, the man has the right to prevent his wife from going to her parent’s house if doing so results in badly affecting her religion or the rights of her husband. This is because preventing her from going to them in these circumstances is prevention against [these] bad effects. It is possible for the woman to contact her parents without going to them in these circumstances, such as by way of (writing) letters or calling them by telephone, if by doing so does not result in any danger. As He (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) said:

{So keep your duty to Allaah and fear Him as much as you can}, [Soorah at-Taghaabun, Aayah 16].

And Allaah [alone] has the Complete knowledge [of all affairs].

There is a severe warning to the one who interferes in the wife’s upholding of her husand’s rights and turns her against him. It is mentioned in a hadeeth:

«Cursed are those who turn the woman against her husband», [Abu Daawood],

…and it’s meaning is badly affecting her behaviour towards him and causing disobedience towards him.

And it is obligatory for the family of the wife to take care and encourage the good relations between her and her husband because that is in her interests and their interests.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

– from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee’ah in 2004.