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Intending talaaq by saying “ab khatam”

Q: My husband gave me divorce in 2 sms’s within half hour intervals on the 21st of September. Then after 1 month he made but without any guilt. He continuously makes threats. I agreed to go but couldn’t go back as in the last moment I talked to him and he quarrelled again. So on the 17th of December he used the word aab khatam and said he signed the paper. But still I didn’t get the paper. Is divorce complete should I sit in iddat?


A: If he intended divorce then the divorce has taken place.

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


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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