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Fatwa asking working wives to pay tax to men for remaining absent from home raises eyebrows

If you have a wife who earns money either by being employed anywhere or doing any business, you can ask her to pay 33 per cent of her salary for your permission to go out of the home, writes Faizul Haque.

This is if you go according to a controversial fatwa issued by an Egyptian scholar recently.

The Egyptian religious scholar has said if women go out to do a job anywhere, she would have to pay 33 per cent of salary to her husband.

Responding to a question live in a television fatwa programme on Arabic channel Al-Hayat 2, the scholar Ashraf Al-Feel, said the husband has the right to take 33 per cent of the salary of his wife.

The troubled wife had reached out to the scholar seeking his help. But unfortunately, she was advised to stay at home if her husband could take care of all her needs.

He said if she insisted on work outside her home then the husband would have right over 33 per cent of her salary “as a tax for remaining absent from home for some particular hours.”

The fatwa is expected to start a debate in the Muslim community, including in Okhla area which has dominant Muslim population, and where headquarters of various Muslim religious institutions are located.

The cleric while saying this did not mention on which Quranic verses or the holy prophetic traditions he has based his fatwa.

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