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Does responding with yes or Ok to a divorce thought constitute divorce?

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Does responding with yes or Ok to a divorce thought constitute divorce? for example one has a thought that if i did a specific thing or said a specific word it will mean divorce to me. And he say ok or Yes.  

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

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh. 

The mere thought of divorce does not constitute divorce .[1]

Furthermore, it is necessary for the words of divorce to be uttered or directed at one’s wife intentionally. [2]

In the enquired situation divorce does not take place.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Arshad Ali

Student Darul Iftaa
Trinidad

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

http://www.daruliftaa.net/


[1] حاشية الطحطاوي على مراقي الفلاح شرح نور الإيضاح (ص: 219)

لو أجرى الطلاق على قلبه وحرك لسانه من غير تلفظ يسمع لا يقع

[2] البحر الرائق – ث (3/ 278)

 وأماما في فَتْحِ الْقَدِيرِ وَلَا بُدَّ من الْقَصْدِ بِالْخِطَابِ بِلَفْظِ الطَّلَاقِ عَالِمًا بِمَعْنَاهُ أو النِّسْبَةِ إلَى الْغَائِبَةِ كما يُفِيدُهُ فُرُوعٌ

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