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Husband texting the wife “I divorce u”

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Q: My husband and I went through a rough patch in our marriage where he gave me talaaq. We met through a mutual friend and decided to get married, our families arranged the wedding but then arguments occurred over wedding furniture and the wedding dress between our families which lead to his family trying to break off the wedding the night before. My husband married me anyway and at the beginning of our marriage he was very depressed about his family cutting him out of their lives. I felt like he sometimes took all his anger and frustration out on me, it really affected him mentally. I tried to be really kind and supportive but sometimes the verbal abuse and neglect became too much. I told him to be patient and his family will eventually talk to him again, he was so convinced that they would ignore him forever he was so depressed. Alhamdulillah now his family spoke to him again and everything is normal, it took a while but they got there. I just wanted to know if that talaq was valid. I read on other websites to refer to similar questions and read the answer there. The questions were about talaaq given in extreme anger and the answers were their talaq was not valid. My husband and I were arguing a lot during our rough patch and it got so heated we said awful things to each other. He was not himself at all. At this moment I was staying at my parent’s house and he was at our flat. We argued on the phone and it continued on text late into the night. He suddenly texted “i divorce u” while we were sending heated texts. The next morning he said he couldn’t remember doing it, sending that text, and said he was extremely angry and texting very fast. I would really like to know if this talaaq was valid. I’ve researched so much on talaaq during extreme anger and I keep reading that it’s invalid and that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said there is no talaq during extreme anger. Please help put my mind at ease.


A: Through your husband texting you “i divorce u” one revocable talaaq has taken place. The talaaq is valid even though it was issued in the state of anger.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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