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Is it the duty of the children to take care of their mother once she remarries?

Nasihah (Advice): Reliance on Allah  

Sayyiduna Umar Bin Khattaab Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said, 

“If you were to rely upon Allah with the required reliance, then He would provide for you just as a bird is provided for, it goes out in the morning empty, and returns full.” (Tirmidhi)

Question and Answer:

Q. Is the son or daughter responsible to take care of their mother if she remarried? The mother’s new husband does not work and does not provide maintenance.

(Question published as received)

A. In the enquired case, the wife’s (new) husband is primarily responsible for her maintenance i.e. shelter, food and clothing. The son and daughter are not primarily responsible for their mother’s maintenance.  However, if the son and daughter provide for their mother, they will be greatly rewarded for it and it will be a huge investment for their hereafter.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

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