Divorce/separation

Question:

Salam - my wife and I have been married for 15 years and have two girls. We had an arranged marriage at a young age. She has been obsessed with getting a degree and has been spending many hours away from home. I asked her to take some time to look after the kids and the house and set a good example for the kids by praying on time. She tells me that I am emotionally abusing her and I am keeping her from achieving her dreams and the only solution is for us to separate. Arguments have led her to hit me couple of times. My questions for Shaikh are:

1) What should I do in this situation?
2) According to shariah, is separate living allowed? What’s my responsibility?
3) According to shariah, in case of divorce can I fight to raise my kids?

Answer:

Wa Alaykum Salam,

Try to reconcile with your wife. If she persists in disobedience towards you then it is more appropriate to divorce her as there is no good for you to keep a wife who does not hesitate to hit her husband.

La Hawla wa La Quwwata Illa Billah!

Imam Senad Agic
American Islamic Center – Chicago
Majlis #1 Head Imam (IABNA)
http://www.aicchicago.com
www.imamsenadagic.com
http://www.iabna.org

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