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Unpaid Nafaqah

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I have been divorced by my ex-husband and my waiting period (Iddah) time has also come to end end We had been married for 2 years and 9 months; in that time my ex-husband did not give me any money in terms of Nafaqah (spenditure) for myself. I lived with my in-laws so pretty much all other costs were covered like rent, food etc. However I do wish to find out if there is a debt on my ex-husband because he did not spend on me at all. I believe it is upon him to give me Nafaqah (spenditure) d uring my waiting period also.

It would be very helpful if you could clarify this point on Nafaqah (spenditure) and what it includes? Answer: ﺑﺴﻢ اﷲ اﻟﺮﺣﻤﻦ اﻟﺮﺣﯿﻢ In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful It is not obligatory for the husband to pay any unsettled nafaqa of the past, i.e. it is not considered a debt which is due upon him. However, if a judge stipulated a certain amount of nafaqa for the wife, or both spouses agreed upon something (e.g. $200/month), then it would be compulsory for him to settle any unpaid nafaqa of the past. [1] Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Mohammad Ahsan Osmani Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah Darul Ifta Birmingham

1 Kitabul Nafaqaat: p. 51-52 (Zam Zam); Al-Binayah: v. 7, p. 365-366 (Al-Maktaba Al-Haqqania); Fatawa Hindiya: v. 1, p. 573 (DKI); Raddul Muhtar: v. 5, p. 311-312 (Maktaba Imdadia); Al-Bahr Al-Raiq: v. 4, p. 316 (Maktaba Rasheedia)

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