Fatwa: # 21129
Category: Divorce
Country: South Africa
Date: 7th June 2012


How many Talaaq’s take place?


A husband and wife were arguing and fighting. The husband has a bad temper. The fight was very bad. The husband said the following words “I divorce you. Talaq, Talaq” Is this counted as one or two talaqs according to Shariah? What is the ruling regarding this? I saw some Quran verses which state that a woman can live in her husbands’ house after one or two talaqs. How does this tie in with the above question?

How is the one or two talaqs revoked and what is the procedure to be followed for reconciliation? 


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

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


Divorce has been stated three times, not two times as you assume. Once in English; I divorce you. And two in Arabic; Talaq, Talaq. If the husband has any explanation for this, you may forward it to us for our consideration.[1] [2]


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1] 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

(الهداية في شرح بداية المبتدي، ج2، ص257، دار احياء التراث العربي)

 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

)الفتاوى الهندية، ج1، ص473، دار الفكر(


[2] رَجُلٌ قَالَ لِامْرَأَتِهِ أَنْتِ طَالِقٌ أَنْتِ طَالِقٌ أَنْتِ طَالِقٌ فَقَالَ عَنَيْت بِالْأُولَى الطَّلَاقَ وَبِالثَّانِيَةِ وَالثَّالِثَةِ إفْهَامَهَا صُدِّقَ دِيَانَةً وَفِي الْقَضَاءِ طَلُقَتْ ثَلَاثًا كَذَا فِي فَتَاوَى قَاضِي خَانْ

)الفتاوى الهندية، ج1، ص356، دار الفكر(


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