One Divorce


Shortened Question:

Is saying “I divorce you” counted as divorce?

Is there also a 3 months waiting period for men?


I told my “I divorce you” once only. Is this regarded as divorce?

Does the three months waiting period also applies to men?


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


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


Divorce is of two types.  Divorce may either be Sareeh or Kinayah.


A Sareeh divorce is one in which clear words of divorce are used.


Kinayah divorce is where the intention of divorce is expressed using ambiguous words.


A divorce that was issued with clear words maybe revocable. However, a divorce that was issued with ambiguous words may not be retracted without having to re-perform a nikah.


To say “I divorce you” are clear words of divorce and falls under the category of Sareeh Divorce. To issue a divorce once using clear words is sufficient for divorce. If it was said once or twice, the husband can revoke the divorce before the expiry of the three months period (iddat). This could be by saying “I take you back as my wife” or to be physically intimate with your wife etc.


There is no waiting period of iddat for a man. Iddat of divorce or death is only for women.



And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Saeed Ahmed Golaub

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