Intending a divorce but not verbally saying it

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by TheMufti.com

Q. I intended giving my wife a divorce but I did not verbally say it. Is my Nikah valid or not?

A. The mere intention of a divorce does not constitute a divorce.

Hence, if a husband intends issuing a divorce to his wife without issuing it verbally or in writing, the marriage is valid and husband and wife are legally married in Islam.

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

This answer was collected from TheMufti.com, which is a fatwa portal managed by Mufti Ismaeel Bassa from South Africa.