Marriage with the prior intention of divorcing

Q 12: It has become a widespread custom among young men to travel abroad to get married with the intention of getting divorced when marriage as such is the purpose for which they travel, based on a fatwa in this regard, which many people misunderstood. What is the ruling thereon?

Answer: Getting married with the intention of divorce is a temporary marriage, which is an invalid marriage as it stands for Mut`ah that is prohibited according to the consensus of scholars. Marriage is only valid when a man gets married with the intention of keeping the bond of marriage forever if the wife proves to be a good wife and he gets along with her; otherwise he may divorce her. Allah (Exalted be He) said: The divorce is twice, after that, either you retain her on reasonable terms or release her with kindness May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

Fatwa no. 21140

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