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f:978 -    How much money should be given to wife
Country : Pune, India,
Name : Withheld
Question:     Assalaam ale kum,
My Question Is Related To My Brother. He Has 2 Wives. one is staying with him, other is staying away from him last 5 years. his first wife has one son and one daughter. second wife has no children. the question is about his income. how should he distribute his income between his 2 wives. Also what he should give money to his mother who is also my mother staying with me. His income is around 25000 per month. Both his son & daughter are adults(above 18). He has done their education with his money. He is giving money to his first wife every month. But his children are asking him for seperate money from him. Please Advice Mufti Saheb. Mufti Saheb Had Come to Pune Last Month.

Answer:     The Shariah has obligated the husband to provide for the food, clothing, shelter and other basic needs of the wife.  The Shariah has not fixed any particular percentage of the salary as expenses.  Instead, guidelines for the expenses are given as per the income of the husband.  If the couple is poor then the expenses would be the amount which is generally enough for poor people to lead their lives.  If the couple is rich, then the expenses would be what is generally necessary for the rich to fulfill their needs.  As given in Fatawa A’alamgiri, 547/548.

In light of the above mentioned details, you can judge for yourself whether the money you give for expenses are enough or not.

As regard to expenses of the adult son, the expenses of the son are the responsibility of the father until the son becomes a major.  When the son becomes a major, then the Shariah declares him as responsible for his expenses.  Now, the father is not responsible for the expenses.

The expenses of the son who has reached adulthood and has the capability to work, but cannot work as required, are the responsibility of the father as per the Shariah.

The expenses of the daughter are the responsibility of the father until she is married off.

You have mentioned the will also.  Please clarify what will do you want to make so that we can answer it properly.

As given in Fatawa A’alamgiri, Kitab Ut Talaq.

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri

[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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