Talaq joke during chat may cost youth marriage

A Talaq joke to his wife on the internet may cost an e-savvy youth his marriage.

Updated: Oct 27, 2010, 21:35 PM IST

Saharanpur: A Talaq joke to his wife
on the internet may cost an e-savvy youth his marriage.
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The youth, a resident of Qatar, had spelt talaq three
times while chatting with his wife but little did he realise
that his humorous intention in cyberspace will nullify his
marriage in reality.
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Islamic seminary Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband has ruled that
saying talaq thrice even casually without any serious overtone
is valid as per the Shariyat (Islamic Law) and the marriage
stands nullified. The nationality or the identity of the youth
was not revealed.

The ruling was given by Deoband` fatwa section
Dar-ul-Ifta in reply to a query posted by a youth from Qatar.
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The youth in his query (question number 26075) had
stated that while chatting with his wife over net he jokingly
spelled talaq thrice.
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Claiming to have less knowledge about Islam, the youth
said that he didn`t know how Talaq is taken.
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The youth had stated that he was happily living with
his wife and wanted to live with her in future as well.
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Dar-ul-Ifta in its reply has said that once talaq is
spelled three times it amounts to divorce and her wife was
"haraam" for him.
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The fatwa section in its reply stated that in the
process it does not matter whether the man had enough
knowledge of Islam or not.

Under such circumstances the youth was neither allowed
to take his wife nor to marry her again, it stated adding that
now she would be required to go through "halalah".
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Halalah is a practice under which the woman has to
marry and divorce another man before she can marry her
previous husband again.
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As per the ruling that the woman would be required to
complete `iddat` (three months time) period after which she
would be required to marry another man.
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The woman would be then required to divorce her second
husband and go through iddat period again.
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"Then only the woman would be allowed to re-marry her
former husband," it stated.
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Iddat is a period when the woman is supposed to stay
away from celebrations and socialising.
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"When you gave three talaqs, all the three took place.
No matter whether the woman gives talaq or not. Your wife
became haram for you whether you are aware from the
commandment of Islam more or less," the fatwa read.
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"Neither you have the right to take her back nor
solemnize new nikah without a valid halalah. After the
completion of iddat period, the woman can marry where she
wishes except you. It is proved from Bukhari (Vol. 2, P. 791)
and Fatawa al-Hindiyah etc," it added.
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Senior mufti of Dar-ul-Uloom Waqf Arif Kasmi said that
under Shariyat talaq even if given in a lighter vein amounts
to divorce.
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