What can a child do if the parents are not fulfilling his rights?

Fatwa ID: 03243

Answered by: Maulana Maruf Ahmed​

Question

 

My father doesn't give me money at all and as I am still in school and unmarried, only he can fulfil my needs. My mother is also financially unstable. Is it haram to steal from him to fulfil my needs?

I don't want men outside to entice me with money and get me into bad things. Jazakallah

 

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful 

Answer:

 

As you know, stealing is forbidden in Islam and considered a major sin. Furthermore, stealing from one’s parents is worse as it would be undutiful towards them, which is another major sin.

Parents have a duty to provide for their children. You stated that you are young and still at school. Sometimes, it may not be clear that when your parents spend or don’t on you, it is in your best interests. You should have confidence in them. If you feel that your necessities are not being fulfilled, then you should speak to them respectfully.

If however, a parent completely refuses to fulfil the absolute necessities of a child, e.g. nourishment, then the child as a last resort may take money from the parents through means other than stealing.

 

Only Allah knows best.

Written by Maulana Maruf Ahmed

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

 

 

                                        

 

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