Replying “Yes” if wife says “Are we divorced”

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Q: There was a heated conversation between my brother and his wife in which she was asking him “are we divorced”. He was saying yes at the time not intentionally answering her question. He didn’t give her divorce or nothing. It didn’t even come out of his lips. What is the ruling?


A: It will be one divorce.

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


Answered by:

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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