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Question ID: 1416 Category: Rights
Family Issue

Assalam Alaikum,

My mother passed away over a year ago and my father went back to India remarried immediately, His second marriage did not work as he hoped and it ended in divorce. Now my siblings, all of them married and well settled here in the US  ( one of which is a hafiz) are not ready to accept him back, to host him in the US.  They feel he came back only because his marriage did not work out.  My widowed mother-in-law mostly lives with us but when my parents/father visits us, she goes to her other daughter's home, now we cannot do that as my co-brother's parents are also visiting the US.  I intend to keep both my father and my mother-in-law in the same home ( as none of my siblings are ready to accept him ) but my elder brother says I cannot keep both under the same roof and I should tell my father that I cannot host him so that he can return back to India.

I don't know what to do.  Please advise.


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم

الجواب وباللہ التوفیق

There is no problem if your father and mother-in-law are living in the same house with "Purdah", It is not right for the elder brother to say that the two cannot be kept under one roof. It is in fact an injustice to them, a sign of immorality and highly disrespectful attitude. . If there is fear of unfair exposure, a separate arrangement should be made for the mother-in-law.

The father's service is necessary for the children, and his right is the foremost. If for some reason one brother is unable to support his father, then the other brothers have equal responsibility to take care of their father. And remember that the joy of the parents is the joy of Allah (SWT) and the displeasure of the parents is the displeasure of Allah (SWT). In taking good care of them brings good in the matters of religion and of the worldly affairs, and their displeasure is the source of ruin and destruction of both worlds. 

Therefore, continue to serve them happily and dutifully, and advise your brothers to do the same to fulfil their religious duties according to Shariah rules. 

فقط واللہ اعلم بالصواب