I am divorcing my Danish wife, Can ...

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I am divorcing my Danish wife, Can I kidnap my son?


I am an Egyptian living in Denmark and have a two year old son, I have so many problems with my Danish wife and I want to divorce her and return back to Egypt with my son. I know it won’t be easy to take my son away from her, and sometimes out of desperation I feel that kidnapping him will be the only resort. Help me please.


It is not permissible in Islamic law to kidnap a child from its mother. This is because custody is a right to which both are entitled. You should hasten to resolve the problems between you and your wife in a good manner; be gentle with her for verily gentleness does not accompany anything without enhancing it.

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