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Does my sister husband have any right on his children as he never took their responsibilities.



My elder sister got married in 1992 , she has 4 kids. Her husband had a job in Karachi while my sister used to live in Sialkot with in laws. Her husband didn’t take any responsibility of her from the day she got married, all the expenditures of her and her children had been paid by my father & brother. The time he spent with my sisters & children is hardly 4 years . Then he never came to them. My sister,s in laws expelled her & children from home saying your husband doesn’t take responsibility of all of you and we can’t take your responsibilities. He just brought the children in the world but he didn’t take any sort of responsibility of her spouse and children all been done by her father and brother. And now my sister,s son is doing a job and earning livelihood. She wants to know that her husband who had never taken their responsibilities, never spent a penny on them and lived separately does he have any rights upon her and children ?

Kindly guide us in this regard



Wa Alaikum al-salam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh

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Husbands and fathers have obligations and rights to wives and children. Like providing them with basic necessities, that is,  food clothing and shelter, and in return having their respect and obedience. These rights are not erased or taken away just because he didn’t do his responsibilities. Of course, he is indebted to his family and he must answer it on the day of judgment, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have any right to his children.

May Allah swt bring their hearts closer to each other.


Sheikh Mahdi Mosayyebi