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Woman can live away from guardians for some overriding benefit

Published: 25/08/2011 06:41:00 PM GMT
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I am recently divorced from my husband, and the court has given me full custody of my three minor daughters. However, I have been awarded custody of my small children under the condition that I reside in the same state in which my husband resides. The problem is this means that I will have to live alone, because my family lives in another state far away. None of them are prepared to move to live with me. What can I do?

Answered by

Sheikh Hânî al-Jubayr, judge at the Jeddah Supreme Court

A woman is supposed to stay close to her guardians and not live away from them. This protects and safeguards her. It also discourages those who might wish to harm her.

However, if living away from her guardians presents an overwhelming benefit to her and she is at the same time reasonably guaranteed the safety of herself and her children, then we can pray that there will be nothing wrong with her living on her own away from her family.

I advise you, my dear sister, to try to convince one of your guardians to live with you so you can do what you have to do without having to live alone.

May Allah bless you with success.

Source: Islam Today

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