Pocket Money for Wife
  • Question:

    If the wife is not working and the husband earns enough to save some of his income after providing thoroughly to his family, does the wife have any right over the saved money. Like if she wants to give sadaqah or zakat by herself or buy presents for her relatives.....is the husband obliged to give certain pocket money to his wife on a regular basis?

    Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Thank you for your question.

    May Allah bless all families with love and mercy.

    If the husband is providing the basic necessities of shelter, food, clothes etc. the wife does not have a right over any additional savings or money the husband might possess. If however the husband out of his kindness provides that, then that is a bonus.

    On the reverse, if the wife owns any property or wealth, the husband has no right over it. She is free to do what she pleases with her money.

    And Allah knows best.

    Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Badat
    Hadith of the Day Imam
    Imam of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Director of Mathabah Institute
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