Unmarried boy saying that he divorced his wife

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Q: If any unmarried boy said that he divorced his wife (3 times). He meant that, if at that present time he had married a specific girl (one of his cousin’s sister in law) then only that girl is divorced. He thought, he mistakenly married that girl (one of his cousin’s sister in law).

Actually, he understood later that, that was not a marriage. It was his over thinking. That boy never thought of divorcing any other girl or his future wife while utturing those words. That boy did not even know, that there is a possibility of divorce before marriage.

Now, after around 12 years that boy/man wants to marry another girl. Is there any issue? Will those words be effective? 


A: There is no problem in this.

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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