Divorce pronounced by a person who is sleeping

Question 10: I dreamed of divorcing my wife who was lying asleep beside me. In the dream, I engaged in indecent talk with her and I pronounced a triple divorce (three simultaneous pronouncements of divorce). What is the ruling on this?

Answer: There is no blame on you in dreaming that you divorced your wife or that you engaged in indecent talk with her… read more here.

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Is cursing wife considered a divorce?

Question 9: My daughter married a man who assaulted her and cursed her seventy-seven times. We sued him and the judge sentenced him to six days in jail after admitting the act of cursing. The judge allowed his wife to return to him without compensation. I want to know the ruling on this issue. Is it permissible for her to return to him? Please advise, may Allaah reward you best.

Answer: It is not permissible for a person to curse his wife or any Muslim in general… read more here.

Threat to divorce

Question 8: A dispute arose between a husband and his wife “S.S.”. The concerned husband thus intended to divorce his wife as he was angry with her. He went back to Riyadh and visited the Guaranty and Marriage Court to do the divorce. He then revoked the divorce on 10/12/1392 a. H., afterwards, the concerned man was asked to bring a photocopy of the request that he submitted to the court. He did so and it read the following: Dear respected President of Guaranty and Marriage Court I submit this request to your Eminence to inform you of my desire to divorce my wife S.S.`A. According to Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet). Please take the necessary measures. Date of request is: 08/11/1392 A. H.

Then the Committee called his Eminence the President of the concerned Court and asked him regarding the matter. He replied that `A. R. `A. Contacted him and submitted to him the request mentioned above. Thus the President told the man in question that no divorce had taken place and that nothing is registered in the court to that effect. It is worth mentioning that the concerned husband did not submit anything other than his request mentioned above.

Answer: After the Committee had studied the matter it became clear to us that `A. R. `A did not divorce his wife S.S., he only promised to divorce her… read more here.

A person intended to divorce his wife without pronouncing divorce

Question 7: A husband disputed with his wife, and as a result he said to her, “If you are destined to get divorce,it will befall you.” What is the consequence of that?

Answer: If the reality is as mentioned, that he said to his wife after quarreling with her, “If you are destined to get divorce, it will befall you” and said nothing else… read more here.

A person assigned as a lawyer concerning divorcing his wife, but he did not effect divorce

Question 6: I married the daughter of my paternal uncle. One day she got angry with me and went to stay with her family. I delegated one of her relatives to end the matter [divorcing her on my behalf], but he did not take any action. As I intend to take her back in marriage, her father has asked me to bring him a document that she is still my wife. I am asking you to help me with that.

Answer: If the reality is as you mentioned, no divorce has taken effect and she is still your wife… read more here.

If a person was asked, whether he divorced his wife, he said: “Yes.” Is divorce effective?

Question 5: I was asked: “Did you divorce your wife?” I said: “Yes, she is divorced”, as I was extremely angry. Then I revoked the divorce on the same day in the presence of my wife and two male witnesses. What is the ruling on this?

Answer: Your reply by “Yes” to the person who asked you whether you divorced your wife or not is counted as a valid divorce… read more here.

A Muslim man married a woman who was a Christian, then she embraced Islaam, but then went back

Question 4: A man married a Muslim woman who was previously a Christian. He doubted her conversion to Islaam, and problems began to arise between them. This doubt was later confirmed by her going to churches and monasteries when he was absent. She unexpectedly left his house in Tanta and traveled to Cairo. She phoned him from Cairo and requested divorce, but he did not respond to her. Her brother came and asked him to divorce her. He told him that she has been unlawful for him for three years due to her conversion to Christianity. Is she unlawful for him according to the ruling of Sharee`ah (Islamic law)? What is the legal stance on her apostasy without his knowledge? It should be noted that she lived with him for five years and he was not aware of her apostasy.

Answer: If the reality is as mentioned, the wife has become unlawful for him because of her apostasy, and she will not be lawful for him (in marriage) unless she makes Tawbah (repentance to Allaah) and returns to Islaam… read more here.

Divorcing the wife that does not establish Salaah (Prayer)

Question 3: My wife does not perform Salaah (Prayer). I advise her using all means, but she does not respond positively. Is it permissible to divorce her?

Answer: If you advise her and she does not respond, you are obliged to divorce her… read more here.

Is it permissible for a woman to have the `Ismah (the bond of marriage, i.e. the right to initiate divorce) in her hand?

Question 2: Many people from neighboring countries ask me about the issue of `Ismah (the bond of marriage, i.e. the right to initiate divorce). Is it permissible for a woman to have this right? Please enlighten us!

Answer: The basic rule is that divorce is in the husband’s hands and anyone he delegates. This is in case the husband is fit, but if he is not, his guardian will act in his behalf… read more here.

Is it permissible for me to divorce my wife to dedicate myself to seeking knowledge?

Question 1: I am married but marriage is Sunnah (acts, sayings or approvals of the Prophet) and seeking knowledge is Faridah (obligatory act) on every male and female muslim. Is it permissible then that I divorce my wife to seek knowledge?

Answer: Marriage is a Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him). By marriage, a person keeps half of their Din (religion) for marriage helps them to lower their gazes… read more here.