Husband telling the wife “tala”

Q: I wish to mention that +-10 years ago my wife and myself had an argument  and during that argument she claims that I had verbally mentioned talaq 3 times to her. I did not mention that but said, tala tala tila. Both of us engaged with her family regarding this matter. They accepted and said we can carry on living together. During that time we had a baby girl who is currently 7 years of age, and my eldest then who is now 15. We worked together in building our family, invested in property and together furnished a new home. We also travelled abroad and shared family vacations together. Only until recently due to our current issues the talaaq matter came up for no reason. Kindly revert with feedback if the marriage is valid or not?


A: When you are quite confident that you had said Talaa’ and both of you had agreed to stay and continue then this is enough evidence to show that you all were quite clear that it was not a divorce, for you had not uttered a word of divorce.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)