My husband gave me a Talaq. Please could you advise regarding the ruling of maintenance for the children and for me. One of our children is a disabled young adult.

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The husband is solely responsible for the maintenance expenses of the wife during the Iddah (waiting period), not thereafter.

As for the children, generally the father is responsible for the male child’s maintenance expenses (unless he has enough wealth himself) until he is baligh (mature) and the female child’s maintenance expenses until she is married.

Nonetheless, if a particular child is unable to earn a livelihood by himself eg. due to disability etc, then the father must continue to provide for his expenses, even after the child’s maturity.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best.
(Mufti) Mubasshir Talha – May Allah pardon him

Approved by:
Mufti Tahir Wadee | Mufti Yusuf Ilolvi

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وعلى المطلق السكنى والنفقة حتى تنقضي العدية ثلاثا طلق أو واحد
[Al-Asl, 4/406, Dār Ibn Hazm]

المعتدة عن الطلاق تستحق النفقة والسكنى، كان الطلاق رجعيا أو بائنا أو ثلاثا
[Fatāwa Qadhi Khān, 1/262, Maktabah Faysal Deoband]

Also refer to:
[Al-Bahr al-Rā’iq, 4/216, Dār al-Kitāb al-Islāmi]
[Al-Durr al-Mukhtār ma’a Radd al-Muhtār, 3/609, HM Saeed]
[Ahsanul Fatāwa, 5/56, Dar al-Isha’at, Deoband]

This has also been mentioned by various jurists of the Indian Subcontinent (past & present) such as:
• Mufti Abdul-Rahim Lajpūri, Fatāwa Rahīmiyyah – 8/448, Dār al-Isha’at
• Mufti Salmān Mansūrpuri, Kitāb al-Nawāzil – 10/22, Markaz al-Ilmi
• Mufti Shabbir Ahmed Qāsmi, Fatāwa Qāsmiyyah – 17/624, Ashrafi Book Depot

نفقة الاولاد الصغار والإناث المعسرات على الأب، لا يشاركه في ذلك أحد.
[Fatāwa Qadhi Khān, 1/266, Maktabah Faysal Deoband]

النفقة على الأب إلى أن يبلغ الذكر حد الكسب وإن لم يبلغ الحلم، وليس له في الأنثى ذلك.
[Al-Bahr al-Rā’iq, 4/341, DKI]

نابالغ كا کھانا، رہن سہن والد کے ذمہ ہوتا ہے، جبکہ خود اس نابالغ کے پاس مال نہ ہو۔
[Fatāwa Mahmūdiyyah, 13/467, Jami’ah Fāruqiyyah]

ولا يجب عليه النفقة الذكور الكبار، إلا أن يكون الولد عاجزا عن الكسب لزمانة أو مرض فتكون نفقته على والده.
[Fatāwa Qadhi Khān, 1/266, Maktabah Faysal Deoband]

قوله (ولقريب محرم فقير عاجز عن الكسب..) أي تجب النفقة للقريب إلى آخره…وأما البالغ الفقير فلا بد من عجزه بزمانة أو عمو أو فقظ العينين أو شلل اليدين أو مقطوع الرجلين أو
معتوه أو مفلوج.
[Al-Bahr al-Rā’iq, 4/356, DKI]

Similar has been indicated by:
• Zaylai’ in Tabyīn al-Haqā’iq – 3/329, DKI
• Shilbi in his Hashiyah ala Tabyīn – 3/327, DKI

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