Q: Me and my wife often have verbal fights. One day after a verbal fight she asked me to leave her and said, “Mujhay chor kyun nahi daytay” In extreme anger I replied ,”Jao tumhain chor dia” and repeated thrice but I didnt intend divorce nor I know that these words may intend for divorce so we ignored and spent normal married relation. After months of this incident, one day my wife started having doubts that perhaps the words I used are intended for divorce. Now we both are so worried and dont know whether we are divorced or not. Please guide us.
A: If the word “chordia” is used as an equivalent for talaaq among the people that you live with in your surroundings then this will be a clear word of divorce.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)