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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

What is the ruling of deserting
one’s family for the pretext of
performing Da‘wah (Islamic
propagation)?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah,
The Lord of the Worlds. I testify
that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that
Muhammad is His slave and
Messenger.
The wife and children have
specific rights that should be
fulfilled as much as possible.
The Prophet told us that
every one is responsible for the
people who are under his
guardianship. [Al-Bukhari and
Muslim]

Moreover, the Prophet said
that it is indeed a great sin for
a person not to shoulder the
responsibility of those who are
under his guardianship. [Ahmad,
An-Nawawi : Authentic]
If a person takes care of his
family's expenses, he can then
dedicate himself to calling to
Allah The Almighty and working
for the sake of his religion. In
fact, if the person has good
insight, he would be able to
strike a balance between
people's rights and his religious
duties and not do one thing to
the detriment of another. This
is proved by the Hadeeth that
was narrated on the authority of
Salman who said that he
visited Abu Ad-Dardaa’ and
found Um Ad-Dardaa’, may Allah
be pleased with her, wearing
shabby clothes, so he asked her
about that. She told him that
her husband Abu Ad-Dardaa’
was an ascetic who did not
care for the joys of this worldly
life.

When Ad-Dardaa’ came, he
welcomed Salman and
offered him food, but he did
not eat with him as he was
fasting. Salman said that he
would only eat if Ad-Dardaa’
ate with him (so he ate). At
night, Ad-Dardaa’ wanted to
get up to pray, but Salman
told him to sleep. Before dawn,
Salman told him to get up
and pray, and they both went
out to pray the Dawn prayer. At
that time, Salman told him
that there are certain rights for
Allah The Almighty, some for
himself, and others for his
family and that he should fulfill
all these rights.

When they went to the Prophet
he agreed with what
Salman had said and done.
[Al-Bukhari]
Al-Hafith ibn Hajar said
that this Hadeeth proves that it
is permissible to quit something
that is preferable for fear that it
might lead to apathy or might
waste other ordained or more
preferable rights.
Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/177055/deserting-ones-family-to-perform-dawah

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