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6125: Thrice-divorced at one time

My friends husband was angery he prounounced "I divorce you" three times at the same time. He was suspicious of her. When he was leaving divorced her and at the same time he said if you only love me come back to me. My friend is so upset she does not know what to do. Is the divorce vaild. Please reply in details. May Allah bless you. Thankyou.

Published Date: 1999-11-30

Praise be to Allaah.

A divorce (talaaq) uttered at a time of anger where a man has reached the point where he is not aware of what he is saying and thus may be classified as (temporarily) insane, does not count as divorce. But if he was aware of what he was saying, then it does count as divorce, and because he has divorced her three times, he cannot remarry her unless some else has married and divorced her.

But if he is uncertain as to whether he spoke the words of divorce or not, then this does not count as divorce, because the basic principle is that she is his wife and is not divorced unless it is certain.

The simple fact that a husband and wife love one another does not mean that he can go back to her after they are divorced.

And Allaah knows best.

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Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
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