Question: My husband does not pray, and every time I advise him [about it], he says “in shaa.-Allaah I will pray”. We have been married for 12 years, and he always leaves home angry with me, saying “I will never come back home until you learn how to speak to me, and stop hassling me with [all] this talk [about praying].” [Bearing in mind] I have 5 children with him, should I stop advising him, or what do you advise I do?
Response: O my sister, continue to advise him. [As for] him getting angry [with you for doing so, then this] will not harm you. When he leaves the house, you should remain with your children and nurture them well. [Continue to] advise your husband, and increase in advising him in different ways. Abandon sharing the bed with him if you feel this will cause him [to ponder and] return to guidance, and reflect upon his [dire] situation. Persevere [in advising him] and do not despair. You must supplicate to Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall) for his guidance and success, for indeed this is from the causes of genuine happiness.