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IslamQA: Her father does not support the family because they receive welfare

Assalamualaikum, my mother receives welfare benefits and that's how she has raised our family. My dad never supported us financially and he says it's because our mother received welfare so he didn't have to. Is this valid? Or his he not fulfilling his rights. Jzk -p.s. (the welfare money was never in his name as he was unreliable and greedy with it).

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

It is a man’s duty both naturally and religiously to do his best to take care of his family’s welfare. His excuse is not valid because even if your family can get everything it needs for free, it is still his duty to try to improve your family’s situation in whatever way he can.

And God knows best.

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