Divorce is the most hated permissible thing in the sight of Allah. It dissolves families and deprives children the family atmosphere. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “The most hateful permissible thing (al-Halal) in the sight of Allah is divorce.” (Abu Da’ud, Hadith 1863, Ibn Majah, Hadith 2008).

The spouses should avoid divorce as much as possible. If they have difficulties and problems they should be patient and forbearing. They have to try to work out their differences and seek help from their relatives, friends or professional counselors.

However, questions of divorce are of serious consequences as they may affect sanctity of family and disrupt lives of people, and, as such, they are best handled on a personal level of counseling and Ifta (religious ruling) where specific details can be addressed. This forum, therefore, is not the appropriate vehicle for this purpose.

Also, we should bear in mind the fact that there are many factors that affect the validity of divorce such as the state of the woman in terms of menstruation, purity, intimate relations, etc. Therefore, we advise the husband and his wife to contact the nearby Islamic center or Imam – who is known for his profound knowledge of fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence) – and present all information regarding the divorce so as to enable the mufti to give them a right Fatwa.