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Telling the wife “If you use Whatsapp, you are divorced”

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Q: One person said to his wife not to use whatsapp otherwise she is divorced (he meant for messages). After a few days, the wife touched the screen of watsapp to see one picture. Does it take place and what type?

Bismillaah

A: If he meant “If you use the Whatsapp for looking at it or for receiving or sending messages”, then one raj’ee talaaq (revocable talaaq) will take place. However if he intended “If you use the Whatsapp for sending messages”, then no talaaq will take place since she has not sent any message.

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

 

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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