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Living with In-Laws: Allowed?



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Jul 23, 2017


As-salamu `alaykum. As I read on this site, I came to understand that living with my sister-in-law for me and living with my brothers for my wife is not allowed, but we used to live together all our lives. Now we want to know what Islam says about it. And also, is it going to be ok for us to visit each other on occasions; I mean male/female adults or should we not even meet them on occasions either? Please, guide us on what Islam says about living together, because all of us are married now. Besides, our two sisters are currently living with us.



Living with In-Laws: Allowed?

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

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:

1- It is allowed for families to live together as long as there is no gathering between non-mahrams, all men and women are keeping chastity in clothing and speech and they are all following Islam’s teachings.

2- All Muslim families are allowed, even urged, to visit each other on different occasions.

In his response to your question, Imam Yassir Fazaga, the Religious Director of the Orange County Islamic Foundation (OCIF), Mission Viejo, California, the US, states:

Islam encourages keeping strong ties with families and relatives, be they related by blood, marriage or fosterage. In more than one verse of the Qur’an, we are reminded of this.

For example, Allah Almighty says:

O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women;- reverence Allah, through whom you demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (that bore you): for Allah ever watches over you.” (An-Nisaa’ 4:1)

Families may choose living together so long as privacy, confidentiality and appropriateness in dress and behaviour, keeping a reasonable distance are followed.

If families choose not to live together, then they are highly encouraged to visit one another applying the same mentioned rule.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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