Is three talaaq’s issued via sms valid?

  • 28 Dec 2011 08:00:17
  • South Africa


I'm writing to you to get confirmation on an sms that was sent 2 me by my husband. He smsed " I gve u talaak talaak talaak." Is the talaak valid. Everyone has different opinions about whether talaak through sms is valid. He did it out of anger. And also we have a 2 month old daughter. Now he wants us back but I can't go back Could you please confirm if it is valid. Shukran


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

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

In principle, divorce issued with the express words meaning Talaaq, such as: “You are divorced” or “I have divorced you”, is valid irrespective of the intention.[1]Furthermore, Talaaq issued in the state of anger is valid.[2]

1. The statement: “I give u talaaq talaaq talaaq”, constitutes Talaaq–e-Mughallazah, which refers to a permanently irrevocable divorce,[3] the implication thereof being, that you cannot continue living together as husband and wife.

2.  The Talaaq (divorce) issued via an electronic medium in the above mentioned scenario is valid if it is issued and sent from the husband.[4]

We would advise you to consult with a competent Mufti or Alim of your locality to analyze your matter further.

Alternatively, you may contact the Darul Iftaa telephonically on the following numbers: 031 207 5772/031 822 3094

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Mufti Ebrahim Desai
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Further References:

و لا يحتاج صريحه الي نية كطالق.مجمع البحرين و ملتقي النيرين في الفقه الحنفي.552.دار الكتب العلمية.[1]

و لا يفتقر الى النية.مختصر القدوري.363.

و يقع الطلاق من غضب خلافا لابن القيم.رد المحتار.244/3.مطلب في طلاق المدهوش.كراتشي.[2]

الثنتان في الامة بمنزلة الثلاث في الحرة.الدر المختار.207.باب الصريح.دار الكتب العلمية.[3]

كرر لفظ الطلاق وقع الكل.الدر المختار.293/3.

فاوي دار العلوم ديوبند.504/1.دار الاشاعة.

فتاوي محمودية.306/18.محمودية.

4 الكتابة علي نوعين مرسومة و غير مرسومة و نعني بالمرسومة ان يكون مصدرا و معنونا مثل ما يكتب الي الغاءب و غير المرسومة ان لا يكون مصدرا و معنونا هو علي وجهين مستبينة و غير مستبينة فالمستبينة ما يكتب علي الصحيفة و الحاءط و الارض علي وجه يمكن فهمه و قراءته.و ان كانت مستبينة لكنها غير مرسومة ان نوي الطلاق يقع و الا لا و ان

كانت مرسومة يقع الطلاق نوي او لم ينو.رد المحتار.236/3.كراتشي.

كتب الطلاق ان مستبينا علي نحو لوح وقع ان نوي و قيل مطلقا.الدر المختار.246,

فتاوي عالمكيرية.471/1.رشيدية.

فتاوي محمودية.187/18.

عزيز الفتاوي.504/1.

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