On the other hand, my father encourages me to stay abroad and work in order to help in my brother’s marriage. While my wife says she cannot live alone and asks me daily to come home, my father wants me to stay abroad.
Shall I return to my wife and not be unfair with her, or stay here and help my father in my brother’s marriage?.
Praise be to Allaah.
The husband may travel and
be away from his wife for the sake of work or others interests that are
Islamically acceptable, for a period no longer than six months. If it is
longer than that, then he must ask his wife for permission.
The basic principle
concerning that is that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab asked his daughter Hafsah (may
Allaah be pleased with her): O my daughter, how long can a woman bear to be
away from her husband? She said: Subhaan Allaah, would one such as you ask
one such as me about that? He said: Were it not that I want to make a
decision concerning the Muslims I would not have asked you. She said: Five
months or six months. So he set a time limit for the people on their
campaigns of six months: they would march for a month, then stay there for
four months, then take another month for the journey back.
Imam Ahmad (may Allaah have
mercy on him) was asked: How long may a husband be away from his wife? He
said: It was narrated: Six months.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may
Allaah have mercy on him) said: With regard to a man travelling and being
away from his wife, if she is in a safe place there is nothing wrong with
it, and if she lets him stay away for more than six months, there is nothing
wrong with it. But if she asks for her rights and asks him to come back to
her, then he should not stay away for more than six months. But if there is
a reason such as a sick person who is being treated and so on, then cases of
necessity come under their own rulings. Whatever the case, it is the wife’s
right, and if she allows that and is in a safe place, there is no sin on
him, even if the husband is away a great deal. End quote from Fataawa
al-‘Ulama’ fi ‘Ushrat al-Nisa’ (p. 106).
Based on that, it is your
wife’s right that you should return to them, especially since your salary is
not enough for accommodation, as you say. This means that you are staying
away from your family when they need you.
It is no secret that
fulfilling rights and protecting one’s family and looking after them, and
maintaining love and stability, takes precedence over accumulating money.
You are not obliged to obey
your father even if he tells you to stay abroad, because that may result in
loss of your wife’s rights. It is well known that there is no obedience to
any created being if it involves disobedience towards the Creator, but you
should speak kindly and convince him, and explain that there is nothing to
be gained from being away from your family.
We ask Allaah to help and