Thank you for writing to us. We make du`aa’ that we are able to continue offering help to you and others who seek out our services, in sha’ Allah. You are to be commended for maintaining such a polite tone despite the frustrations you have been experiencing with your husband. May Allah Most High grant you patience and guide you to help your husband, in sha’ Allah.
First, there are several issues to be addressed, but we want to begin with the fact that you feel your husband mentally abuses you. Such behavior is not acceptable according to Islamic guidelines and, therefore, you have to do everything in your power to stop your husband from abusing you. Realize that with each day you accept his abuse your own morale will weaken, and, ultimately, you might reach a point of no return whereby you want nothing but to leave your husband. Take his behavior seriously and try to get some help immediately. Talk to him and tell him that he needs help. Offer to go with him to see a counselor. If he refuses, suggest him at least to meet with the local Imam. If he refuses that as well, then you have no choice but to involve his family and yours in helping you resolve this matter.
Second, there is no excuse for him to be talking to girls, and we are not sure what you mean by “he is a lady’s man.’ The only lady in his life is you! If, somehow, he has forgotten that, then he needs to be reminded that in no uncertain terms.
What evidence, if any, is there that he is “addicted to sex“? Is the problem that his sexual drive is overwhelming you, or is it that he has sought to meet his sexual needs outside of the marriage?
If you suspect that he is having extramarital relations, you should stop having any sexual contact with him until and unless he agrees to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. You are not being selfish but rather looking out for the welfare of the entire family. If you have been overly polite and shy in writing to us about more sinful actions on his part, then there is even more cause to be concerned. We would never suggest that you should search his belongings or his e-mail without his knowledge in the hope of finding out what he is doing. Why? You need to be able to establish enough trust in your relationship so that your husband tells you what he is doing. This sounds ideal and one might ask when would that ever be possible? Well, it might not be possible. However, if you go searching for information, what you find out could hurt you even worse. Again, since we do not know the extent of your husband’s actions in this realm, we can only advise you to not earch his belongings.
Third, his gambling is no doubt a sin and needs to be addressed. If he will not heed to your requests to stop, then you need to involve family members to appeal to him to stop. He needs to be dealt with firmly by some adult males in either your family or his family. They need to impress upon him the negative impact gambling will have on his own soul as well as on the stability of the entire family. We are not sure how often he gambles and whether he is approaching the point of addiction, but there are professionals who deal with gambling addicts, and you should do your best to get him to seek help from such professionals. The risk is that he might refuse to go, but then you should never stop trying to make him seek help.
Finally, we think you are being too tolerant of his rude and unkind behavior. You need to get his family and your family involved so that they know the extent of your problems. Your husband does not seem mature enough to handle the responsibilities of a wife and three small children. Unless and until someone from his and your family remind him of his obligations, he will continue abusing you mentally as well as tormenting his own soul through his interactions with girls and gambling.
Do not let another day go by. Talk to him; tell him how serious the situation is, and appeal to him to go with you to seek professional help. Make lots of du`aa’ and have your children make du`aa’ for their father. They need not know all of the problems he is creating for the family; they just need to learn now to make suppication for the well-being and guidance of their parents, in sha’ Allah.
Allah (swt) knows best.
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