Divorcing one’s wife for insulting one’s mother

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Q: My wife insulted my mother for jealousy over my second wife. My second wife used to live with my mother. Initially my wife who lives with my mother phoned my other wife through my mother’s phone and insulted her, as a result she called back to my mother’s phone and insulted my mother badly. She used disgusting words when she was insulting my beloved mother.

What should be my reaction to this, shall I divorce her or not? Please advice me on this matter.


A: Don’t divorce her. Be courteous and kind until she begins to realise.

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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