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Is it possible for Najma to get a divorce from Md Raja in Delhi?

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My sister Nazma was married with ‏Md Raja in 2005. In 2007 he (Md Raja) was involved in some theft case. Then after selling his entire property he run away taking with him the jewellery of my sister also. We found him on every possible place but all in vain. Now Najma want divorce from him. Please tell us is it possible. If yes how and from where. We live in Delhi.


(Fatwa: 250/165/L=1434)

If your bahnoi (sister’s husband) is missing in a way that it is not known whether he is dead or alive then your sister should file her case in local Shariah Panchayat. After investigation if the Panchayat passes its decision as per the principle mentioned in al-Hilah al-Najizah that the missing person is dead then your sister shall be entitled to do nikah anywhere else after passing the iddah of death. Before revoking the nikah she shall remain in the nikah of the missing person and it shall not be lawful for her to marry anyone else.

Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) knows Best

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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