I got married five years ago. I do not obey my husband neither I love him. We separated twice. He is sexually weak, when I returned to him the last time I just felt I hate him and I do not want to live with him. The only reason of me returning to him was my son. I have committed zina, and I want to repent from this great sin and expiate, but I feel that if I stay with him I will commit this sin again. Shall I leave him for the third time?.
Zina is a grave sin, especially on the part of one whom Allaah has blessed with marriage and who has responded to the blessing with ingratitude, betrayed her husband, transgressed against his honour and contaminated his bed. Hence the punishment for this married woman is to be stoned to death, as a punishment from Allaah, and Allaah is Almighty and All-Wise.
But by His mercy, He is kind to His slave and gives him respite and allows him to repent, and He accepts that from him and gives reward for that. How merciful, great and kind He is, may He be glorified and exalted.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And those who invoke not any other ilaah (god) along with Allaah, nor kill such person as Allaah has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse __and whoever does this shall receive the punishment.
69. The torment will be doubled to him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein in disgrace;
70. Except those who repent and believe (in Islamic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for those, Allaah will change their sins into good deeds, and Allaah is Oft‑Forgiving, Most Merciful”
So continue to repent and beseech Allaah to accept it from you, and beware of your self that is inclined towards evil, lest you take for granted Allaah’s kindness towards you and His covering of your sins, for He gives respite but does not forget, and when He becomes angry He punishes.
You have to block all the ways that lead to haraam, such as tabarruj (wanton display of adornment), free mixing, correspondence and phone calls. This is part of your repentance and mending your ways. You must beware of the traps of the shaytaan, for the shaytaan has traps and tricks whereby he tempts his friends, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Follow not the footsteps of Shaytaan (Satan). And whosoever follows the footsteps of Shaytaan (Satan), then, verily, he commands Al‑Fahsha’ [i.e. to commit indecency (illegal sexual intercourse)], and Al‑Munkar [disbelief and polytheism (i.e. to do evil and wicked deeds; and to speak or to do what is forbidden in Islam)]. And had it not been for the Grace of Allaah and His Mercy on you, not one of you would ever have been pure from sins. But Allaah purifies (guides to Islam) whom He wills, and Allaah is All‑Hearer, All‑Knower”
If you do not want to stay with him and you cannot stand him, and you fear that if you do that you will fall into zina, then there is nothing wrong with you asking for a divorce, but you should think about the consequences of doing that and what your situation will be after that. Pray to Allaah for guidance (istikhaarah) before doing that. See question no. 11981 for information about the istikhaarah prayer.
The evidence that it is permissible to seek a divorce if a woman hates her husband and cannot bear to stay with him is the report narrated by al-Bukhaari in his Saheeh (4867), that the wife of Thaabit ibn Qays came to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said: “O Messenger of Allaah, I do not blame Thaabit ibn Qays for any defect in his character or his religious commitment, but I would hate to commit an act of kufr when I am a Muslim.” [Ibn Majaah (2056 added): and I cannot stand him ] The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Will you give him back his garden [which he had given as mahr]?” She said, “Yes.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said (to Thaabit), “Accept the garden, and divorce her once.”
What is meant by “I would hate to commit an act of kufr when I am Muslim” is: I would hate to do a deed that is contrary to Islam such as hating my husband or disobeying him or not fulfilling his rights, and so on.
See: Fath al-Baari (9/400).
But we advise you, before you ask for a divorce, to try to set things straight first, for divorce is something that Allaah hates and does not love. So try to appoint a wise man from your family to speak to your husband and find out the reasons for the problem, and try to reconcile between you. What you say about his being weak can be worked out with your husband frankly, for Allaah is not too shy to tell the truth. If it is the matter of sickness, there is nothing wrong with him going to the doctor.
But if it too difficult for you and your attempts at reconciliation do not succeed, then in sha Allaah there is nothing wrong with you asking for a divorce in that case.
We ask Allaah to set our affairs and those of all the Muslims straight.
And Allaah knows best.