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Husband saying “It’s over” intending talaaq

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Q: I am in need of some advice. My husband and I are having quite a lot misunderstandings and always arguing etc. Last night he sent me a message saying it’s over and I must pack up and leave. Does that count as a talaaq and does my iddat start immediatel?. He just messaged me again saying “its a divorce” so I’m confused as to whether I need to sit in iddat ?

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A: Since he intended talaaq through saying “It’s over. Pack up and leave!” one talaaq-e-baain (irrevocable talaaq) has taken effect. Your iddat has commenced from the time of the talaaq.

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

الطلاق على ضربين صريح وكناية فالصريح قوله أنت طالق ومطلقة وطلقتك فهذا يقع به الطلاق الرجعي … ولا يفتقر إلى النية (الهداية 2/359)

وأما الضرب الثاني وهو الكنايات لا يقع بها الطلاق إلا بالنية أو بدلالة الحاللأنها غير موضوعة للطلاق بل تحتمله وغيره فلا بد من التعيين أو دلالته (الهداية 2/373)

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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