He threatened to take my son away from me if I go back home

Reference: Fataawa Mu’aasirah – Page 84

Question: I am a working mother in the United States of America. My husband divorced me a short while ago and I am very confused. He threatened me that if I try to return to my [home] country to live with my family he will take my son away from me, and he is able to carry out his threat since he and my son [both] hold American citizenship, and as for me then I do not have American citizenship. So my question is: Would I be angering Allaah whilst I remain [here in America] without a mahram? What can I possibly do?

It is very difficult for any member of my family to come to the United States.

Response: There is no harm in her remaining if she can protect herself (guarantee her safety), because this is now her country in which she lives, so she is not [legally considered as] a traveller now. It is [quite] possible that she may find [another suitable] partner and get married. And Allaah [alone] has the Complete knowledge [of all affairs].

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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