Right of wife if husband re-marries
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
Can you tell me what are the right of a wife of 31yrs of marriage when her husband does zinna , get a woman pregnant and then the woman forces him to marry her with emotional blackmail of committ, without first wife's consent or permission. The first wife had no idea about the adultry going on. She had full trust in her husband and only discovered after everything had happened.
The husband now gives no financial support to the first wife or the children.
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Rights of wife if Husband re-marries
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
The husband who has done the above deeds of betrayal and injustice, if he does not seek the sincere Pardon and Forgiveness of his Lord and the people he has hurt, before his appointment of death, will be brought forth as a criminal in the Just Court of Allah Subhanah to give a full accounting of his evil deeds.
When Islam has given the believing man the permission to marry upto four wives, it has also laid upon him the condition that he must do justice amongst them! If he cannot do justice, then the command is to keep only one wife!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verse 3 (part):If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, marry women of your choice two, or three, or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then (marry) only one.
The husband has indeed transgressed the limits of Allah Subhanah, betrayed his wife and her trust, committed the evil and grave sin of adultery, and is not fulfilling his responsibilities as a husband by not supporting and attending to his wife and children.
The first wife, under these circumstances, has a right to go to an Islamic Court, and demand her rights or if she so wills, seek a divorce from her husband. In such a case, there will be no sin on her.
Even if the husband goes unpunished in the life of this world for all the evil he has done, if he does not turn to Allah Subhanah in sincere repentance and Taubah, he will have an extremely severe accounting on an Inevitable Day.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your Brother in Islam,