Wife sleeping in another room without the consent of her husband

Q: What is the status of a woman (wife) if she (after getting annoyed because of a minor domestic issue) on herself starts separating her bed from her husband and starts sleeping in another room without the consent of her husband? Does Shariah allow her to do so?

If not, then what are the consequences? Somebody told me that they have to renew the nikaah as the wife is claiming that she is not interested in having any physical relation with her husband. 

A: In order to maintain the happiness in the marriage, the husband and wife should live with love and understanding. They should learn to overlook the shortcomings of the other and look for ways to enhance the love between them. If each spouse becomes upset and angry with the other over trivial and petty issues, then this attitude will gradually cause a decrease in the love and eventually lead to the breakdown of the relationship.

The woman should treat her husband with love and respect and ensure that she fulfils his rights. Her nikaah is still intact. By her abstaining from sleeping with him in the same room, her nikaah has not broken. However, she should commence sleeping with him in the same room and ask him for forgiveness.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)