If a wife has been given one divorce before consummation of marriage, can they reconcile, or do they need remarry?

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Asalaam Alaikum Brother, I have a question regarding my marriage which I want to ask. Since I got married, I have been suffering from waswaas of divorcing my wife, it was so bad that I found my self repeting the words in my head, though I tried hard to pray duas/surahs. I fear that I may have divorced her by giving her one divorce, before consummation of marriage, though there was company and privacy between us. Now having read up on this, there is no iddah period for the wife before consummation of marriage. Would I be able to take her back though the normal method or will I need to through nikah to get a new marriage contract? Thank you and I look forward to your responce.


If one has Waswasa (doubt) of giving his wife divorce, that does not
constitute a divorce. Your Nikah is intact and there is no need for you to
renew your Nikah.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

for: Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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