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Am I divorced

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Fatwaa.com

assalamualaikum
I have received the following text from my husband
”you and I are no longer compatible, nor are we moving in the same direction. Out life goals are completely different. I would be lying if I said I wanted to continue in a marriage with you. I will do right by ***** (daughters name withheld) within reason. It’s time to go our separate ways”
I then didn’t have contact with my husband for over 4 months, Is this a divorce.
Thank you

Answer

Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

Your husband wrote ambiguous words. As such, divorce will not take place if he had the intention of divorce when writing that text.

If he did not intend divorcing you when typing that text, no divorce will fall.

It does not matter that you are not living with him for so long. That will not alter the ruling.

 

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best

Wassalaam,

Ismail Moosa (Mufti)

References

باب الكنايات لا تطلق بها إلا بنيته، أو دلالة الحال (كنز الدقائق – 2/ 355)

” وأما الضرب الثاني وهو الكنايات لا يقع بها الطلاق إلا بالنية أو بدلالة الحال ” لأنها غير موضوعة للطلاق بل تحتمله وغيره فلا بد من التعيين أو دلالته (الهداية في شرح بداية المبتدي -1/ 235)

باب الكنايات (كنايته) عند الفقهاء (ما لم يوضع له) أي الطلاق (واحتمله) وغيره (ف) الكنايات (لا تطلق بها) قضاء (إلا بنية أو دلالة الحال) وهي حالة مذاكرة الطلاق أو الغضب (الدر المختار – 3/ 296)

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