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Taking care of parents in-law

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Question:

How does one combine the fact of not being an obligation to serve our parents in law but at same time you have to help around with the household work at their place because your husband says so?

Zaynab El-Kateb:

It is not an obligation upon you to serve you parents in law, rather taking care of them is an obligation only on their son. A wife can do that if she wishes, out of Ihsan to them and her husband. Her husband has no right to obligate his wife to serve his parents, so the wife has to serve only her husband and children.

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