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Is Divorce Permissible

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is divorce allowd in islam in the wife cannot have children(overy faliar)&also if marrige is unhappy 


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Is Divorce Permissible

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Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2173  Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar

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


Sunan of Abu-Dawood Hadith 2172  Narrated by Muharib

The Prophet (saws) said: ‘Allah did not make anything lawful more abominable to Him than divorce.’


Just as Islam allows its followers who intend to live their lives in matrimony to choose to marry, Islam recognizes the possibility that two people who initially and genuinely intended to spend their lives together might later determine that they are not compatible with each other and might wish to separate.  For such people who marry and then wish to separate, as an absolute last option, Islam has given a legal exit route for either of the two to initiate separation through the system of ‘divorce’.  And Allah guides and commands the believers who wish to divorce, that just as the two united in honor and peace, if for any reason they wish to separate from each other, they should separate in honor and in peace. 


Your Question: is divorce allowd in islam in the wife cannot have children(overy faliar)

If a believer marries a woman, and later finds out that due to some medical issue or for any other reason whatsoever, his wife is not able to conceive children; he must fear Allah and know with conviction that it is Allah Subhanah Who Alone determines and provides children to whom He Wills.  Although medicine or technology may be able to locate the blame with the woman (or the man), one should know that not being able to bear children is not an intentional fault of their own doing, but rather a Decree of Allah Subhanah.


Although legally the man has the option to divorce his wife who, through no intentional fault of her own, is unable to conceive children, it would not be considered righteousness on his part if he did divorce his wife only because she is not able to bear children.  The man may decide to remain patient and steadfast on the Decree of Allah Subhanah, or if he so desires to have children, he need not divorce his wife, but rather he has the option to take on another wife and beseech the Lord Most Gracious to grant him good righteous off-spring.  This would be a better and more righteous option for one who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day.


Thus of the three legal options available to him (patience, marry another woman, or divorce), the absolutely last and detestable option should be the one of divorce.


Your Question: if marrige is unhappy 

If the couple in an unhappy marriage have tried everything, from talking, to counseling, to arbitration, etc. and still not able to come to a compromise or a

common understanding to save their marriage, they have and may use, as the absolutely last option, separation through divorce.


I reiterate again, that amongst all the possible available options, Islam guides that  divorce should never be used but as the absolute last option.


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



Your brother and well wisher in Islam,





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