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This whole situation worsened so much that she asked for a divorce.

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I have read quit a lot of your emails regarding divorce, however, I still have a question to ask. Here is the situation, I was married for nine months, out of which my wife and I stayed together for about four months. Later on due to some differences we could not put together and we had verbal arguments from time to time. Then one day she left on her maternal uncle`s engagement and never came back. I would call her on several occassions but her parents would interfere and we never had a chance to settle our differences. This whole situation worsened so much that she asked for a divorce. I left no chance for reconciliation but all in vain. I was so fed-up of all this divorce thing that I filed for divorce in the court of law. She never appeared on the day of hearing, instead she just signed the papers and faxed the papers to the court. On this the judge asked me whether I needed a divorce or not. I said yes. Now, after almost six months I am still unable to forget her, and, honestly I want to be with her again. I know that the Holy Qura`an reads that once a man pronounces divorce three times, divorce is final, and the only way to be together again is if the girl marries someone else and that someone else gives her a divorce on his own will or he dies. But my question is since I didnot pronounce divorce three times was it really a divorce?


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Divorce once remarry

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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 229:

229 A (revocable) divorce is only permissible twice: after that the parties should either hold together on equitable terms or separate with kindness.


Dear and beloved brother, Islam has given the husband the option to declare divorce only three times in one marriage; the first two of these three rights are revocable, but if the husband declares divorce to his wife for the third time, then it is absolutely irrevocable and the couple can never remarry again unless the wife happens to marry another husband….and the new husband of his own free will divorces her, or dies.


From what we have been able to understand from your question, you have divorced your wife only once, thus the divorce is established and you have now used up one of your three rights to divorce in that marriage.


Since the ‘iddah’ period of divorce which is three menstrual periods of the wife have already elapsed, you and your wife are now deemed divorced and the two of you are non-mehrams to each other, and your wife is free to marry any person she wills and pleases.


It would be absolutely permissible for you to seek to re-marry your wife in Shariah after your first (or second) divorce, for the first two divorces in any marriage are revocable; but you would have to perform a brand new ‘nikaah’ with your wife and fulfill all the obligatory requirements of an Islamic ‘nikaah’, which are:

  1. Proposal by one party and acceptance by the other.
  2. Determination of the ‘mehr’ for the bride
  3. Presence of two witnesses to the marriage contract.
  4. Consent of the guardians or ‘wali’ of the bride.


Thus brother, in conclusion, it would be absolutely permissible for you to seek to re-marry the wife you divorced once, provided a brand new ‘nikaah’ between the two of you is performed. What you must know and remember if you remarry the same woman again is that you have now used up one of your three rights to divorce her. If Allah forbid, you were to divorce her for a second time, that divorce can still be legally revoked; but if Allah forbid, you were to pronounce divorce upon her for a third time, then that divorce would be absolutely irrevocable and you could never marry that woman again unless she marries another person and that person divorces her or dies.


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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,




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