Divorce Wording

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My husband said “i want to divorce you” three times. So he said “i want to divorce you, i want to divorce you, i want to divorce you”. He says he had intention of divorce when he said those words. Does this count as divorce? And does it count as 3 divorces? We are trying to reconcile and need to know our position.


Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

Since your husband has used the word ‘want’, he has merely expressed a desire. He did not confirm the divorce. Hence no divorce will fall, and your marriage will be intact.

In future, we should realize that the issue of Talaq is critical. One should be careful of what he utters in a state of anger. It should not be that a single moment of anger causes us to destroy our future.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best


Ismail Moosa (Mufti)


وبالعربية قوله: أطلق، لا يكون طلاقاً في أنه دائر بين الحال والاستقبال فلم يكن تحقيقاً مع الشك حتى أن موضع علمت استعماله للحال كان تحقيقاً (المحيط البرهاني في الفقه النعماني –  472 / 3)

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