Monthly Archives: June, 2013

On Using Wife’s Salary

On Using Wife’s Salary

Man is the backbone of a family. Allah has ordained men to earn the living of his wife and children. But today, some women also work to supplement the shortage of family needs. Some people believe that women have a similar obligation too, that they ought to be responsible for family’s financial condition, and thus husbands sometimes took their wives’ salary claiming to fulfill their family needs. What is the ruling for it? Take a look at an explanation below.

on using wifes salary

Question:
A wife works as a teacher. Is the husband allowed to take all of her salary, considering that the pair needs a house to settle down?

Answer:
Sheikh Abdullah bin Sulaiman al Mani’ (one of the member of Grand Scholars of Saudi Arabia) said, “Women have their own independent private rights, financial rights, and other acknowledged rights. Hence, it is not allowed for anyone to take their financial rights, but with their willingness. Therefore, if a woman willingly give her monthly salary to her husband, father, or mother, they might lawfully spend the money.

فإن طبن لكم عن شيء منه نفساً فكلوه هنيئاً مريئاً

“Give women their bridal-due in good cheer (considering it a duty); but if they willingly remit any part of it, consume it with good pleasure.” (QS. An Nisa/The Women:4).
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A Cup of Hot Chocolate

A Cup of Hot Chocolate

A Cup of Hot ChocolateA group of alumnae gathered up for a reunion, and then decided to visit their favorite professor who has already retired. At their visit, the talks changed into grievances about the stresses of their life and jobs.

The professor served hot chocolate to his guests. He went to the kitchen and returned with a big pot of hot chocolate and various types of cups: china, glass, crystal, etc; some were fine and expensive, but many others were plain and cheap. He told them to take the hot chocolate by themselves.

When all of them had got a cup of hot chocolate in their hands, the wise professor said, “Look, all the fine and expensive cups had been taken. What left now is just the plain and cheap cups. Indeed, it is very normal of you to wish for the best. But that is the source of your problems and stresses.”

“The cup wouldn’t add the quality of the hot chocolate. In most of the cases, it would just make it more expensive, and even hided what we drink. What you really want is actually the hot chocolate, not the cup. But unconsciously, you wanted the best cup. Then, you would begin to look at each other and compared your own cup to others.”
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The Lawful Bribe

The Lawful Bribe

In the book of “At Ta’rifat”, 1:36, it is mentioned that bribe is something given to certain people so that he or she cancels the right of a rightful person to receive it, or that he or she gives a right to an unrightfully one to receive it.

The Lawful Bribe

Bribe is one of the Major Sins

قال عبد الله بن عمرو – رضي الله عنهما- : “ لعن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم الراشي والمرتشي” . رواه أبو داود وابن ماجه وصححه الألباني

“Abdullah Ibn Amr -may Allah be pleased with him- said, “That the messenger of Allah cursed a briber and the bribed one.” (Narrated by Au Daud, and Ibn Maja: classed sahih by Al Albani).

However, one who gave some money to the civil servant or the judge to obtain his right or to prevent transgression over himself is not considered as a briber in shari’a. This is the opinion of majority of scholars of Islamic law, among them were Atha, Jabir Ibn zaid, and Al Hasan al Bashri, Ibn Taimiya, and also the chosen opinion of Sheikh al Albani. One who bear the sin here is the one who received the bribe, because he was responsible to avoid any transgression and supposed to serve the society well without asking them for return.

قال صلى الله عليه وسلم : “ هدايا العمال غلول” رواه أحمد والبيهقي وصححه الألباني

The Prophet said, “A gift to an employee is ghulul (wealth obtained from betrayal). “ (Narrated by Ahmad, and Baihaqi, and classed sahih by Al Albani).

In the book of Raudhatu Ath-Thalibin wa Umdatu Al-Muftin 4:131, An Nawawee said, “Concerning bribery, if one bribed a judge so that he would win his case, while in fact he was the convict, or the judge would not give a right decision according to the facts, then the bribery here is unlawful. Whereas bribery done to obtain one’s right, is not unlawful, as the case of retribution of the captive.”

Ibn Qudama Al Hanbali in his book, “Al Mughni” 23:28 said, “Bribery in the court, and bribing the authorities is unlawful, without any different opinions regarding it’s status in the eye of the scholars. If the briber intended to give it so that the judge would win his case or to prevent other from taking his right, then such briber is a cursed one. “
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