Divorce 2 times

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Brother Burhan,


As-Salaam o Alaikum,


First of all my english is not good but i'll try to make you understand my problem. I had love marridge with my husand, which was arranged betwwen my & his parents & last year he came to pick me from Paksitan & we both came to Canada, as he was living here.....anyways our wedding didn't work our very well, as he was abusive (physical/verbal) & little Alcoholic too.....so on 11th October 2002, we had a dispute & i asked him to divorce me as in this way i can't live with you than he said 2-times divorce to me.....than i left his home & went to the Women & family Shelter....& i was not i contact with him for 2-months but after 2-months i started calling him up as i wanted to go back but still he was very bossy/commanding ...& after passing 2 1/2 months he told me that it is going to be a divorce if i'll not come back.....than i was very upset b'coz i didn't know about this (how it is in our religion) than i called some moulvi & asked him telling him about all my situation but he told me that if i'll not go back with in 3-months it will automatically be adivorce ...but my heart wasd clear & my husband also wants me back ....on the last day of completion of my 3rd month i met my husband & told him that i'll come back but go for work & stop drinking....than after that we still meeting every week ends ...now he is working & asking me if i'll come back he will quit drinking too........but he also told me that we have to do Nikah & than we can live as a husband & wife.....as he said that wehn he said 2-times divorce to me he had no intentions & i also met him on last day of completion of my 3rd month......but hs is saying that just to take out from inside we should better do Nikah & also some Moulvi told him to do so.......


Dear brother i'm really upset & don't know what to do....as i'm alone here in Canada & have no one to guide me......i live alone here, as i have got an appartemnt from government..now i have a good job too Alhamdolilah but really upset & cry every day ..as i never wanted to break the relation ship but wanted to teach him a little lesson ......kindly please reply to my question in light of quran & Sunnah.


I don't have no one in Canada except my husband & have been through alot of bad sitiutions.... i really don't want to hurt my parents ...pls pls help me!


Awaiting anxiously for your reply.


Allah hafiz.


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Divorce 2 times

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 229: Divorce may be pronounced twice (by the husband);  then either keep the wife with honor,  or let her leave gracefully.   And it is not lawful for you to take back anything out of what you have given them.   There is however, an exception to this;  if you fear that they might not be able to keep within the limits imposed by Allah,  there is no harm if both agree mutually that the wife should obtain divorce by giving something as compensation to the husband.   These are the bounds set by Allah;  therefore do not violate them!   For those who violate the bounds of Allah are the transgressors.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 231: And when you have divorced your wives and they are about to complete their prescribed terms,  then either retain them gracefully or release them generously.   It is transgression to retain them merely for harassment.  And whoever does that indeed wrongs his own self!   Do not play with Allah’s Commandments,  and remember that Allah has blessed you with a great favor.   He admonishes you to show due respect to the Book and the Wisdom He has sent to you.   Fear Allah and know that He is fully aware of everything.


Firstly the divorce ‘iddah’ or waiting period is not calculated by the lunar or solar calendar months, but rather it is calculated as three menses periods of the wife after the divorce has been announced.   From the contents of your letter it seems that the ‘iddah’ period after the declaration of the second divorce has already passed, and thus you and your husband are technically divorced. 


Since two divorces have already been announced, the husband and wife have one last chance to re-marry again if they wish to do so; and a brand new nikaah has to take place for them to get re-married.  If for any reason, the husband announces another divorce after this marriage, that will be counted as the third, final and irrevocable divorce amongst the couple; after which it would be prohibited for the couple to re-marry unless the woman marries another husband and the new husband, of his own free will divorces her, or he dies. 


Your Statement: as i never wanted to break the relation ship but wanted to teach him a little lesson

Beloved sister in Islam, the world might consider marriages and divorces in a ‘casual’ and carefree manner; but in Islam the institution and sacred bond of marriage is taken extremely seriously.  One should not use this most ‘lethal of weapons’ called divorce as a joke or a play; for it may have extremely serious repercussions in one’s married life!  


Sunan of Abu-Dawoo dHadith 2173  Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar

The Prophet (saws) said: ‘Of all the lawful acts, the most detestable to Allah is divorce.’


It is expected that both the husband and the wife have learnt their lesson that they should fear Allah Subhanah and not ‘play’ with His Laws and Guidance to teach other a lesson.  Alhamdolillah, in your particular case only two divorces were announced, so there is still a chance for the two people who love each other and wish to remain together, can perform the Nikaah again and remain together as husband and wife.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,





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