Does the words “Its over” constitute divorce?

Q: On sunday my husband packed up my bags and came and dropped me off at my mother’s house, he told me that he feels suffocated in the marriage. He came, left some of my stuff, went back to our home, loaded more stuff, came back, sat with my brother, I was shocked so I wasn’t paying much attention to what they were saying but according to my brother, he said ”its over”. I asked him last night what did he mean by saying its over, to which he replied, nobody should come to conclusions and assume what I meant, if any Moulana wansts to know why he brought me home, they should contact him and not come up with fatwa’s that are not true. My question is, does this count as a talaaq and should my iddat have begun on sunday or is it not counted as talaaq. He did not use the words I divorce you.


A: If your husband intended talaaq at the time he uttered the words “it is over”, then one irrevocable talaaq has taken effect.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

قال وبقية الكنايات إذا نوى بها الطلاق كانت واحدة بائنة وإن نوى ثلاثا كانت بثلاث وإن نوى ثنتين كانت واحدة بائنة وهذا مثل قوله أنت بائن وبتة وبتلة وحرام وحبلك على غلوبكالحقي بأهلك وخلية وبرية ووهبتك لأهلك وسرحتك وفارقتك وأمرك بيدك واختاري وأنت حرة وتقنعي وتخمري واستتري واغربي واخرجي واذهبي وقومي وابتغي الأزواج لأنها تحتمل الطلاق وغيره فلا بد من النية قال إلا أن يكون في حال مذاكرة الطلاق فيقع بها الطلاق في القضاء ولا يقع فيما بينه وبين الله تعالى إلا أن ينويه (هداية 2/374)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)