Spouses agreeing on the husband's absence for a while
Q 1: What is the ruling on a person who
leaves his wife and travels abroad for a year or more to make money to provide his family with sustenance?
It should be noted that some people stay abroad for longer periods seeking to accumulate more money for building luxurious houses and buying luxury cars and the like of such worldly matters. No doubt staying away from their wife may lead to committing adultery for either the man or the woman. May Allah grant us guidance and success.
There is no harm in the husband staying away from the wife if the two spouses agree upon this as long as they will observe chastity. If one spouse fears committing a sin due to being away from the other spouse, even if the other spouse is away for earning a living, he or she should ask (Part No. 19; Page No. 340) the other spouse to fulfill their right of satisfying their sexual desire to save their honor, achieve chastity and fortify themselves against adultery. If the other spouse refuses, the spouse who needs to satisfy sexual desire should bring his issue before the judge to decide on their case according to Allah's Shari`ah. It should be noted that being away from the spouse does not necessarily mean that the other spouse will commit adultery, no matter how long they stay away. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.