Can A Man Live Alone, Away From His Parents?


Assalamu ‘Alaykum.

Is it permissible for a man to move out and live in an apartment rather than live with his parents? What if the parents command him to stay? Would it still be permissible?


Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well.

Yes, it is permissible for a man to live alone, away from his parents. However, he is obliged to treat them well and provide financial support if they need it. (Quduri, Matan al Quduri) The general Islamic guidance of good treatment of parents should be borne in mind.

He is not sinful for moving out if there is no mistreatment or neglect. For some, with strained relationships or abuse, some distance can be healthy for all parties.

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.
[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.