Fatwa: # 19881
Category: Divorce
Country: United States
Date: 19th March 2012


My husband has divorced me for the 3rd time. Can he take me back?


My husband divorced me for the 3rd time but I’m pregnant and I really wish that I could fix things with him. I was told by someone who had a PHD in Islam that he can take me back during iddah. I want to know if it is true?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. 

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

If your husband has divorced you three times already, then he cannot take you back regardless whether you are pregnant or in your iddat until you marry another man after the completion of your iddat and you consummate your marriage. Only then you may seek divorce from your second husband and remarry your first husband after the expiry of iddat from the second marriage.[i] [ii]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mawlana Abdul Hannan Nizami,
Student Darul Iftaa


Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[i] الطَّلَاقُ مَرَّتَانِ فَإِمْسَاكٌ بِمَعْرُوفٍ أَوْ تَسْرِيحٌ بِإِحْسَانٍ…..  فَإِنْ طَلَّقَهَا فَلَا تَحِلُّ لَهُ مِنْ بَعْدُ حَتَّى تَنْكِحَ زَوْجًا غَيْرَهُ فَإِنْ طَلَّقَهَا فَلَا جُنَاحَ عَلَيْهِمَا أَنْ يَتَرَاجَعَا إِنْ ظَنَّا أَنْ يُقِيمَا حُدُودَ اللَّهِ وَتِلْكَ حُدُودُ اللَّهِ يُبَيِّنُهَا لِقَوْمٍ يَعْلَمُونَ (230)1) : 229، 230(


[ii] الهداية في شرح بداية المبتدي (2/ 257)المتوفي سنة 593دار احياء التراث العربي - بيروت - لبنان

وإن كان الطلاق ثلاثا في الحرة أو ثنتين في الأمة لم تحل له حتى تنكح زوجا غيره نكاحا صحيحا ويدخل بها ثم يطلقها أو يموت عنها


الفتاوى الهندية - ط. دار الفكر (1/ 473) المتوفي سنة دار الفكر

 وَإِنْ كان الطَّلَاقُ ثَلَاثًا في الْحُرَّةِ وَثِنْتَيْنِ في الْأَمَةِ لم تَحِلَّ له حتى تَنْكِحَ زَوْجًا غَيْرَهُ نِكَاحًا صَحِيحًا وَيَدْخُلَ بها ثُمَّ يُطَلِّقَهَا أو يَمُوتَ عنها كَذَا في الْهِدَايَةِ



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