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Telling one’s wife “go” in an argument

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: I suffer from wasaawis, but not on a major level, just mildly. I was arguing with my wife and she kicked me. After this I said go. My intent
was if that is how you are going to treat me then just go. At the same time the thought of divorce kept going through my head. Then I thought to myself this could mean divorce and immediately thought to myself I am not intending divorce. Did divorce occur in this situation?

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A: If there was no clear intention of divorce at the time you uttered these words then there is no divorce.

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 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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