Does talaaq take place through saying “I do not have a wife”

Q: Please help me. Once one of my friend’s said “Do you have a wife? and I said “I don’t have a wife, we have gone our separate ways” (meaning I left her but I never had any intention of divorcing my wife. The only reason why I said this is because I didn’t want them to know my business but I quickly changed my statement and said “Yes I have a wife” but all I wanted was them not to know my business. Is this divorce?


A: If you did not intend talaaq at the time of uttering the statement, no talaaq has taken place.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)