Three talaaqs through text/sms

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Answered by: Moulana Muddasser Dhedhy​


Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah!

My husband and I had a fight. He said to me on the phone that he will give me talaq and I replied: give! But he did not do that then he cut the call.

Then, on a message I again tell him that he’s given me talaq then he gave me talaq 2 times then I said please stop but he said it for the 3rd time, now he said that he had no intention at that time nor did he realise what he did and he forgot about his messages.

Then after 4 hours, I texted him and said that you have given talaq to me. He was shocked and he said I didn’t do that. I sent the screenshot he refused that by saying I did not know about that and didn’t realize that until now what is the answer of this, please.

Our nikah was done in 2012 and we did not marry yet as he is abroad.

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

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


Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh,

Divorce issued via SMS is valid and takes place immediately upon writing the message.[1]

As three talaaqs have been mentioned in the message, this will be considered to be Talaaq Mughallazah. A Talaaq Mughallazah is such that one’s wife becomes permanently haraam upon oneself unless the halaalah process takes place.

As for your husband denying the SMS he sent you, given that you are certain that he sent them and you have proof (i.e. the screenshot), it will not be permissible for him to come near you as Talaaq Mughallazah has taken place.

Only Allah Ta’ala knows best.

Written by Moulana Muddasser Dhedhy

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1] (الْفَصْلُ السَّادِسُ فِي الطَّلَاقِ بِالْكِتَابَةِ) الْكِتَابَةُ عَلَى نَوْعَيْنِ مَرْسُومَةٌ وَغَيْرُ مَرْسُومَةٍ وَنَعْنِي بِالْمَرْسُومَةِ أَنْ يَكُونَ مُصَدَّرًا وَمُعَنْوَنًا مِثْلُ مَا يُكْتَبُ إلَى الْغَائِبِ وَغَيْرُ مَوْسُومَةٍ أَنْ لَا يَكُونَ مُصَدَّرًا وَمُعَنْوَنًا وَهُوَ عَلَى وَجْهَيْنِ مُسْتَبِينَةٌ وَغَيْرُ مُسْتَبِينَةٍ فَالْمُسْتَبِينَةُ مَا يُكْتَبُ عَلَى الصَّحِيفَةِ وَالْحَائِطِ وَالْأَرْضِ عَلَى وَجْهٍ يُمْكِنُ فَهْمُهُ وَقِرَاءَتُهُ وَغَيْرُ الْمُسْتَبِينَةِ مَا يُكْتَبُ عَلَى الْهَوَاءِ وَالْمَاءِ وَشَيْءٍ لَا يُمْكِنُ فَهْمُهُ وَقِرَاءَتُهُ فَفِي غَيْرِ الْمُسْتَبِينَةِ لَا يَقَعُ الطَّلَاقُ وَإِنْ نَوَى وَإِنْ كَانَتْ مُسْتَبِينَةً لَكِنَّهَا غَيْرُ مَرْسُومَةٍ إنْ نَوَى الطَّلَاقَ يَقَعُ وَإِلَّا فَلَا وَإِنْ كَانَتْ مَرْسُومَةً يَقَعُ الطَّلَاقُ نَوَى أَوْ لَمْ يَنْوِ ثُمَّ الْمَرْسُومَةُ لَا تَخْلُو أَمَّا إنْ أَرْسَلَ الطَّلَاقَ بِأَنْ كَتَبَ أَمَّا بَعْدُ فَأَنْت طَالِقٌ فَكُلَّمَا كَتَبَ هَذَا يَقَعُ الطَّلَاقُ وَتَلْزَمُهَا الْعِدَّةُ مِنْ وَقْتِ الْكِتَابَةِ. (الفتاوى الهندية ج 1 ص 414. دار الكتب العلمية)

كتاب النوازل ج 9 ص 492-497. المركز العلمي للنشر و التحقيق لال باغ مراد آباد

جديد فقهي مسائل ج 1 ص 204. زمزم ببلشيرز

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