Category: Jurisprudence and Rulings (Fiqh)
Fatwa#: 37409
Asked Country: United States

Answered Date: Dec 22,2016

Title: Giving three divorces over a long period


The husband gives one talaq after 3 yrs of marriage but takes wife back in two days. Same pattern is repeated after another 5 years of marriage, husband gives one talaq and taking back in two days. After 7 years the husband says one talaq again, and tells the wife to correct herself otherwise he will give another after a month. But wife thinks 3 talaq are over and she should leave. Who is correct? And if wife has to leave, should she leave immediately.


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

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

According to your explanation, the husband issued the first talaq after 3 years of marriage and revoked the talaq.

He issued the second talaq after 5 years of marriage and revoked the talaq.

He issued the third talaq after 7 years of marriage.

Three talaqs constitute a talaq-e-mugallazah (permanently irrevocable divorce).[1]

The marriage has terminated. The husband does not have the space to issue another divorce as his wife has become a stranger to him.

The wife is correct in her understanding. She should spend iddat after the third divorce and move on with her independent life.[2]

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Saad Haque

Student Darul Iftaa
New Jersey, USA 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1] الطَّلَاقُ مَرَّتَانِ ۖ فَإِمْسَاكٌ بِمَعْرُوفٍ أَوْ تَسْرِيحٌ بِإِحْسَانٍ ۗ وَلَا يَحِلُّ لَكُمْ أَنْ تَأْخُذُوا مِمَّا آتَيْتُمُوهُنَّ شَيْئًا إِلَّا أَنْ يَخَافَا أَلَّا يُقِيمَا حُدُودَ اللَّهِ ۖ فَإِنْ خِفْتُمْ أَلَّا يُقِيمَا حُدُودَ اللَّهِ فَلَا جُنَاحَ عَلَيْهِمَا فِيمَا افْتَدَتْ بِهِ ۗ تِلْكَ حُدُودُ اللَّهِ فَلَا تَعْتَدُوهَا ۚ وَمَنْ يَتَعَدَّ حُدُودَ اللَّهِ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الظَّالِمُونَ {229} فَإِنْ طَلَّقَهَا فَلَا تَحِلُّ لَهُ مِنْ بَعْدُ حَتَّىٰ تَنْكِحَ زَوْجًا غَيْرَهُ ۗ فَإِنْ طَلَّقَهَا فَلَا جُنَاحَ عَلَيْهِمَا أَنْ يَتَرَاجَعَا إِنْ ظَنَّا أَنْ يُقِيمَا حُدُودَ اللَّهِ ۗ وَتِلْكَ حُدُودُ اللَّهِ يُبَيِّنُهَا لِقَوْمٍ يَعْلَمُونَ {230}  Quran (2:229-230)


الأصل للشيباني ط قطر (4/ 392) دار ابن حزم، بيروت - لبنان

ولا تحل له امرأته إذا وقع الثلاث تطليقات حتى تنكح زوجاً غيره ويدخل بها.

وبلغنا عن رسول الله - صلى الله عليه وسلم - أنه إذا طلق الرجل امرأته ثلاثاً فتزوجت زوجاً غيره أنها لا تحل للأول حتى يدخل بها الثاني ثم يطلقها.


اللباب في شرح الكتاب (3/ 58) المكتبة العلمية، بيروت - لبنان

وإن كان الطلاق ثلاثاً في الحرة أو اثنتين في الأمة لم تحل له حتى تنكح زوجاً غيره نكاحاً صحيحاً ويدخل بها ثم يطلقها أو يموت عنها.


[2] اللباب في شرح الكتاب (3/ 80-86) المكتبة العلمية، بيروت - لبنان

إذا طلق الرجل امرأته طلاقاً بائناً أو رجعياً أو وقعت الفرقة بينهما بغير طلاقٍ وهي حرةٌ ممن تحيض فعدتها ثلاثة أقراءٍ، والأقراء: الحيض،…وعلى المعتدة أن تعتد في المنزل الذي يضاف إليها بالسكنى حال وقوع الفرقة،

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