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

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?

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).

Whereas taking all or half of her salary forcefully is prohibited because it is a form of devouring one’s possession wrongfully.

A husband is obliged to earn the living for his wife and fulfill all her needs although his wife is a rich woman. The riches of a wife doesn’t nullify her right, which is the obligation of her husband.

Source: al-Forqan.net

Author: Ustadz Aris Munandar, M.PI.

Article of www.syaria.com

5 thoughts on “On Using Wife’s Salary

  1. Sofia Azhar says:


    My name is Sofia and I have a question question regarding of inheretance. Me and my husband both work full time and I contribute my full salary in my household due to the needs. I have some good jewellery which was given to me by both my husband and my parents, we have some savings done through both money. Now when it comes to making a will. Do I have any saying as I believe I have my earnings as well in the wealth. I have 3 kids, 1 girl and 2 boys. They all are young. it is easier to decide when it comes to our kids but in case and may Allah grant my kids long life Ameen, in case of any accident if wealth need to be distributed then if my children, myself and my husband all of us passes away. how should be the distribution of wealth? Currently my husband has appointed my mother in law for all wealth stating that she doesn’t have her own residence and in case we passes away she needs some support. My mother in law has 7 kids including my husband 2 sons and 5 daughters. My husband is the youngest son. I want to make sure will is based on Sharia ruling not on favoritism. please confirm, JZK

  2. I want to know had husband any right to use wife salary or can stop her for doing job of she wants to do work or job

  3. Aysha Noreen-myself says:

    My husband has asthama and could not hold a job.i have been working as teacher fir 7 years and supporting my family.now my husband is better but he doesn’t work and says its your responsibility.my health is getting bad too. What should I do. If I leave job then there is no means. My husband doesn’t realise his responsibility.

  4. Shabana Parveen says:

    Assalam walaikum,

    Is it necessary to reveal my earnings to my husband.

    1. Wa’alaikum salam wa rahmatullah. Not necessary wallahu a’lam bish shawab

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