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Is Divorcing Via Text Message Valid?

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Q: I have been told that should a man wish to divorce his wife via text message, the wording has to follow a certain template or else it would not be seen as valid. Also I have heard that if the message says “you are divorced from me” it is not valid. Could you perhaps provide some clarification on this matter?


A: If talaaq is issued via an sms or text message, the talaaq will be valid.

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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