Can a wife take her stingy husband’s money without asking his consent to maintain their children.
Written By: Mohd Nidzam Abdul Kadir
Translated By: Yasmin Norhazleena Bahari Md Noor
It was narrated by ‘Aisha (May Allah be pleased with her):
Hind bint ‘Utba said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Abu Sufyan is a miser and he does not give me what is sufficient for me and my children. Can I take of his property without his knowledge?” The Prophet said,
خُذِيْ مَا يَكْفِيْكِ وَوَلَدَكِ بِالْـمَعْرُوْفِ
“Take what is sufficient for you and your children, and the amount should be just and reasonable.”
Based on the hadith, a wife is allowed to take her husband’s money/property without getting his permission in order to maintain herself and her children provided that she takes whatever is reasonable and adequate for herself and her children. She must not take the money for buying unnecessary things or for flaunting her husband’s wealth by buying branded luxury clothes and goods.