Is it Permissible to Divorce one’s Wife While She is Pregnant?

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Question:

Can a man divorce his wife while she is pregnant while knowing that she is pregnant?

Answer:

All praise is due to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Prayers and salutations are upon our master Muhammad, upon his people, and all his companions.

Imam Nawawi stated, “Regarding when pregnancy is noticeable, it is not unlawful to divorce her.” (Rawdat al-Talibin 6/8) He also said, “Giving khul’ [a compensated release from marriage initiated by the woman] and divorce of one whose pregnancy is noticeable are permissible.” Khatib commented on it and said, “Even if she is menstruating because taking compensation and the manifestation of a pregnancy dismiss the possibility of regret.” (Mughni al-Muhtaj 4/499) And, Ibn Hajar mentioned something similar. (Tuhfat al-Muhtaj 8/79)

And, Allah knows best.

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وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله تعالى وبركاته،

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمد لله رب العالمين والصلاة والسلام على سيدنا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه أجمعين. وبعد:

قال قال الإمام النووي رحمه الله تعالى: أما إذا ظهر بها الحمل فلا يحرم طلاقها بحال. (روضة الطالبين 68) وقال أيضا: ويحل خلعها وطلاق من ظهر حملها. وشرح الخطيب رحمه الله تعالى على كلامه وقال: وإن كانت تحيض لأن بأخذ العوض وظهور الحمل ينعدم احتمال الندم اهـ (مغنى المحتاج 4499) وذكر ابن حجر رحمه الله تعالى نحوه. (تحفة المحتاج 879)

والله تعالى أعلم.