Is it permitted for man to stay at his friend’s home for the night, if his wife doesn’t wear hijab?
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Is it permitted for man to stay at his friend’s home for the night, if his wife doesn’t wear hijab?

Question:

My husband often visits his friend and even stays at his home for the night, although his wife doesn’t wear hijab and doesn’t practice the religion at all. Is it correct to do so?

Answer:

As-Salamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh!

It is common knowledge that it is not permissible for non-Mahram males to interact freely with non-Mahram females. So definitely, it is compulsory on your husband to avoid interacting freely without need with his friend’s wife.

Your husband should avoid spending the night at his friends place as this certainly increases the possibility of the rules of Hijab being flouted. As she is the wife of his friend, she will feel obliged to be hospitable to your husband and this will result in the laws of Hijab not being observed especially since she is not in Hijab herself.

If your husband wishes to visit his friend, there is no problem with this. However, he should be considerate of the situation of his friend’s wife and try to avoid unnecessary contact with her. He should also be considerate of his own wife’s feelings and spend more time with her than with his friends.

As far as staying the entire night at his friend’s house, then this is not appropriate at all. Firstly, due to the increased possibility of the laws of Hijab being neglected and secondly because he is married to you; not his friend. If he is married to you, he should be spending the nights with you, not at his friend’s house. It is highly unbecoming of a husband to ignore the emotions of his wife and leave her alone at night.

It will be good if you could communicate your feelings to your husband in a very earnest and polite manner together with making lots of Dua to Allah to make him understand and listen to you.

I pray to Allah to grant you happiness and contentment in your marriage. Amin.

And Allah Knows Best.

Wassalaam.

Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed

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