Can an ex-husband force his ex-wife to remarry him

Q: A person tried to save their marriage and it resulted in one talaaq and the marriage is over due to iddat period being complete. However the husband insists that the wife should remarry him but doesn’t want to acknowledge that he has a drug problem. Therefore no help or efforts to reform him can be made. The wife has no intention to reconcile because of this. There are kids from the marriage as well. Is she sinful in anyway? Can society blame her for not going back because she has kids? Please advise.


A: The nikaah has terminated. She is now a stranger to her ex-husband. Hence If she does not wish to remarry him, then against her will no one has the right to force her.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)