Can a woman issue a divorce?

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Q: I am twenty two years. It’s been five years I am married. I don’t love my husband. I don’t feel connected to him. It was a forced marriage. My father forced me so much so that I had to get married. Now my problem is how should I handle my marriage. My husband is good and I respect him, but how much I try, I can’t love him. Should I divorce him? Of course he deserves a better wife then me.


A: A woman does not have the right to divorce, and if he is a good person overall then look at the good in him. Insha-Allah you will begin to love him.

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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