In this counseling answer:
• Go for marriage counseling.
• Seriously consider divorcing him if all else fails.
• Make istikharah.
As Salamu ‘Alaykum dear sister,
I am sorry to hear of the situation that you are going through. I know it can be painful when a marriage is not working out, or when one’s spouse changes and not for the better.
There are many red flags here of warning. First, he changed once his status as a citizen became secure. His parents are telling him to now leave you and the children. They believe you should be working and supporting him and the family as well as sending them money. Your husband is reporting your family’s earning status to his family which is rude and invasive. He does not fast nor pray.
Sister, based on what you have said, yes, things could be worse. However, he (and his family) are in violation of the Islamic requirements for marriage. One example is lack of financial support. The man has the duty of caring for the needs of his wife in every aspect. She is to be provided with proper shelter, clothing, food, healthcare, education, and help in her duties in the home, to the best of the man’s ability to provide. Extras are expected when the man is able to provide them, such as fine jewelry, beautiful clothing and other finery within his ability. This is an area that many of our brothers are not paying close attention to in these days”.
Secondly, he cannot provide Islamic teachings, guidance or leadership to the children or you as he no longer prays or fasts. While it appears my dear sister that this marriage was designed as a free ticket to a better life for him and his family, I cannot say for sure as only Allah knows.
I would suggest dear sister that you approach your husband and suggest that you both go for marriage counseling to try to save your marriage. In addition, if he is willing, you both should seek the advice of a trusted imam in regards to his responsibilities as a husband as well as how to create a more fulfilling Islamic marriage.
You stated you had health problems, but you did not say what, or if it was caused by the issues from this marriage. I strongly feel that in any health situation, reducing stress as much as possible is vital to healing. Please see this link for further advice on stress reduction, while seeing a counselor in your area to help you through this difficult time in sha’ Allah.
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Lastly, given the fact that he is not fulfilling his Islamic requirement of a husband, and you are an educated, professional woman (self-sufficient), you are pious, and you do have the right to divorce, I would seriously consider divorcing him if all else fails. There are worse things than being a single mom, and being used as a lottery ticket for an ungrateful man and his family is one of them.
Please, make istikharah in regards to this decision. Please also know that there are many supports in place for single mothers. It is my feeling (and I may be wrong) that your family will become supportive when and if you do make the decision to divorce him.
You are in our prayers sister. Please let us know how you are doing.
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