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Zihar, “You look like my mother”

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If someone says to his wife (with no intention to make zihar) that, “you look like my mother”, would it be zihar?


If a person says to their wife ” you look like my mother” without any intention of zihar, it will not result in zihar taking place.

اللباب في شرح الكتاب (3/ 67)
إذا قال الزوج لامرأته “أنت علي كظهر أمي” فقد حرمت عليه لا يحل له وطؤها ولا لمسها ولا تقبيلها حتى يكفر عن ظهاره

وإن قال (أنت علي مثل أمي) رجع إلى نيته، فإن قال أردت الكرامة فهو كما قال، وإن قال أردت الظهار فهو ظهارٌ، وإن قال أردت الطلاق فهو طلاقٌ بائنٌ، وإن لم يكن له نيةٌ فليس بشيءٍ

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Mufti Zubair Patel

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