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Reconciling after one talaq

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Assalamou Allaikoum, I gave a first talaq to my wife 3 years ago and this because she was under a manic depression and too much emtionnel pressure from her family. Does this constitute a talaq and is there a time limit for us to get back in case we both agree.


In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.



For talaq to occur, one of the conditions is that the person issuing the talaq must be sane and mature.  Imam Kasani (RA) has said “And amongst the conditions of Talaq is that he be sane, literally and figuratively.  The talaq of an insane person is not effected, nor that of an immature boy, who is not of an understanding age.”   (Badaius Sanai p.179 v.4)


Therefore, in your situation irrespective of your wife’s condition when you issued the talaq, one talaq will occur.


The next issue here is whether you can get back together again with your wife. You can take your wife back if you revoke the talaq before the ending of her three menstrual periods (if she still menstruates) or three months. The choice of taking the wife back lasts only during this period. At the expiry of this time, the rujuu also expires. You can get back together again by redoing the marriage. You will require two male witnesses or one male and two female witnesses. Also a new dowry will have to be set. (Bahrur Raaiq p.50 v.4)


Only Allah Knows Best


Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham.

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