Can Wife Take Money from Husband without His Knowledge?
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Can Wife Take Husband’s Money Without His Knowledge?

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Reply Date

Jan 04, 2018

Question

My husband does not give me my expenses, neither for me nor for my children. Sometimes, we take money from him without his knowledge. Is there any sin upon us?

Mufti

Answer


Can Wife Take Money from Husband without His Knowledge?

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.


In this fatwa:

It is allowed for a woman to take money from her husband without his knowledge to meet her and her children’s needs if he is not giving them what they are customarily entitled to.


The late Saudi scholar, Sheikh Ibn Baz (may Allah have mercy on him) stated: 

It is allowed for a woman to take money from her husband without his knowledge to meet her and her children’s needs if he is not giving them what they are customarily entitled to.

She must take the money without extravagance or waste if he does not give her what suffices her. This is based on what is recorded in Sahih al-Bukhari and Sahih Muslim from `A’ishah who stated that Hind bint `Utbah came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) and said, “O Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), Abu Sufyan does not give me what is sufficient for me or for my children.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Take from his wealth according to what is right and good which will suffice you and your child.”

Almighty Allah knows best.

Source: Islamic Fatawa Regarding Women, Compiled by Muhammad Ibn Abdul-Aziz Al-Musnad and translated by Jamal Al-Din Zarabozo, Darussalam, 1996.




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