Can a woman divorce her husband?

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Q: Is a woman allowed to talaaq her husband? My husband doesn’t care that our marriage has broken down. We haven’t spoken for over 6 weeks and are now in separate rooms. Previously we have done counseling. I requested a separation. Now I have had enough. I’d rather live alone with my children then in a dead marriage.


A: Divorce is the right of the man. A wife cannot divorce her husband. We suggest that you refer to your local Jamiat and ask them to assist you.

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, 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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