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My husband issued me 3 divorces through an sms without any reason and denies it. Is this divorce valid?

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My marriage is not consummated but I had some privacy with my husband on phone.the privacy was partly sexual and partly general.

One day I received a divorce sms on my mobile with my name like this ‘I divorce you,I divorce you,I divorce you.’when I asked my husband the reason to send this message he totally denied that he sent it,but I am sure he has done it.what’s the ruling in this case?

secondly,if it was my husband he didnot sent the divorce on any valid reason..we didnot have an an aggressive argument or some sort of this on the base of which he sent the message.does this divorce count as such? I am really awe struck why he did this,he denies but I am sure he is the one. Kindly help Regards..


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

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

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

In principle, divorce issued with the express words meaning Talaaq, such as: “You are divorced” or “I have divorced you”, is valid irrespective of the intention.[1]

1. The statement: “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you”, constitutes Talaaq–e-Mughallazah, which refers to a permanently irrevocable divorce, the implication thereof being, that you cannot continue living together as husband and wife.[2]

2.  The Talaaq (divorce) issued via an electronic medium in the above mentioned scenario is valid if it is issued and sent from the husband. [3]

3. You state that your husband denies sending the Talaq, if you are certain that your husband sent the message, it will not be permissible for you to grant access to your husband and you cannot continue living together as husband and wife.[4]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best         

Ismail Desai,
Darul Iftaa
Durban, South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

و لا يحتاج صريحه الي نية كطالق.مجمع البحرين و ملتقي النيرين في الفقه الحنفي.552.دار الكتب العلمية.1

و لا يفتقر الى النية.مختصر القدوري.

الثنتان في الامة بمنزلة الثلاث في الحرة.الدر المختار.207.باب الصريح.دار الكتب العلمية.2

كرر لفظ الطلاق وقع الكل.الدر المختار.293/3.

فاوي دار العلوم ديوبند.504/1.دار الاشاعة.3

فتاوي محمودية.306/18.محمودية

  الكتابة علي نوعين مرسومة و غير مرسومة و نعني بالمرسومة ان يكون مصدرا و معنونا مثل ما يكتب الي الغاءب و غير المرسومة ان لا يكون مصدرا و معنونا هو علي وجهين مستبينة و غير مستبينة فالمستبينة ما يكتب علي الصحيفة و الحاءط و الارض علي وجه يمكن فهمه و قراءته.و ان كانت مستبينة لكنها غير مرسومة ان نوي الطلاق يقع و الا لا و ان

كانت مرسومة يقع الطلاق نوي او لم ينو.رد المحتار.236/3.كراتشي.

كتب الطلاق ان مستبينا علي نحو لوح وقع ان نوي و قيل مطلقا.الدر المختار.246,

فتاوي عالمكيرية.471/1.رشيدية.

فتاوي محمودية.187/18.


والمرأة كالقاضي إذا سمعته أو أخبرها عدل لا يحل له تمكينه {رد المحتار ج3 ص251 سعيد}

فتاوي رحمية ج8 ص283268}[4]

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