The Husband Said I Am Considering Giving You a Divorce

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Answered by: Maulana Naieem Mohammad


The husband says, “I am considering giving you a divorce.” The wife replies, “Does that mean you’ve given me one?” The husband answers, “Yes.”

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

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


The above incident is a very simple conversation with a serious impact. Islam considers the meanings of the words uttered by the human being as long as a clear and real meaning can be understood or benefitted from it. The literal meaning of all speech is initially considered in the shariah[1] and if a literal meaning is not possible or beneficial, then a metaphorical meaning is attributed to it.[2] In this incident, the literal meanings will be taken into account and not any metaphorical possibility.

It is absolutely clear that the wife had asked if the husband had given her a Talaq. Her question was a response to the earlier statement of the husband and his reply to her question was confirmation that Talaq was given. His reply of “yes” will be enough to confirm a Talaq. All statements will be considered as connected and not separate.[3]

One Talaq Raji’ (revocable) will be considered in this case.

Only Allah knows best

Written by Maulana Naieem Mohammad

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham


[1]Qawaaid ul Fiqhiyyah, pg 64,#45

[2]Qawaaid ul Fiqhiyyah, pg 66,#46

[3]Qawaaid ul Fiqhuyyah, pg 69,#50

This answer was collected from, which is run under the supervision of Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah from the United Kingdom.

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