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Flipping a coin for talaaq.

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I hope you are doing well. I am married and have not consummated my marriage but I have spend alone time with my wife. I just wanted to know I have been getting a lot of wasawa lately about divorce. 

I know this will sound weird, but if one were to just think about giving divorce if for example one were to flip a coin and you thought if it landed on heads then divorce and on tails then no divorce. Would this constitute as a divorce if were to land on heads. 

I am worried. 


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

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

The thoughts that you are experiencing are merely wasaawis (insinuations) from Shaytaan who is our arch enemy. Shaytaan is constantly in search of finding ways to prevent us from the obedience of Allah. Causing dissension and discord between the husband and wife is amongst his major operatives. As such, the scenarios playing out in your mind is the work of Shaytaan. Talaaq will not take place if the coin lands on heads in the scenario in reference.[1]

You should dispel these doubts and carry on with your marriage. Make du’a to Allah to alleviate your difficulty. Also, seek medical help and try to overcome your problem of wasaawis through medical treatment as soon as possible. You should also be cautious when faced with such a situation and immediately recite: 

أَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْم

You should also seek medical help and try to overcome your problem of wasaawis through medical treatment as soon as possible.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad Haris Siddiqui

Student Darul Iftaa
Melbourne, Australia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1]  قال الحصكفي: وركنه لفظ مخصوص

قال ابن عابدين: (قوله وركنه لفظ مخصوص) هو ما جعل دلالة على معنى الطلاق من صريح أو كناية فخرج الفسوخ على ما مر، وأراد اللفظ ولو حكما ليدخل الكتابة المستبينة وإشارة الأخرس والإشارة إلى العدد بالأصابع في قوله أنت طالق هكذا كما سيأتي. وبه ظهر أن من تشاجر مع زوجته فأعطاها ثلاثة أحجار ينوي الطلاق ولم يذكر لفظا لا صريحا ولا كناية لا يقع عليه كما أفتى به الخير الرملي وغيره، وكذا ما يفعله بعض سكان البوادي

(رد المحتار على الدر المختار ٣٢٣٠ – سعيد)

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