Threatening one’s wife with divorce without intending divorce

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: I told my wife “If you ever work in that place again, I guarantee you it will break our relationship”

The intention when saying those words was in order to threaten her so she doesn’t work there, but I’m not sure if I had the intention of actually divorcing her immediately if she started working there. It was in the context of that if she works there, it will affect our relationships trust. Thus it may lead to a break up, so she should be careful.


A: If divorce was not intended it will not be a divorce.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)