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Talaq joke may cost youth his marriage
Saharanpur (U.P.): A talaq joke to his wife on the Internet may cost an e-savvy youth his marriage.
The man, a resident of Qatar, spelt talaq thrice while chatting with his wife, but little did he know that his humorous intention could nullify his marriage in reality.
The Islamic seminary, Darul Uloom Deoband, has ruled that saying talaq thrice, even casually, is valid as per the Shariyat (Islamic Law) and the marriage will stand nullified. The nationality or the identity of the youth has not been revealed. The fatwa was given by the Deoband's fatwa section, Darul Ifta, in reply to a query posted by the youth.
In his query he had stated that while chatting with his wife over the Internet he jokingly spelled talaq thrice. Claiming to have little knowledge of Islam, the youth said that he didn't know how talaq was taken, adding that he was happily married and wanted to live with his wife.
Darul Ifta had replied to him that once talaq is spelled thrice it amounted to divorce and that his wife was "haraam" for him. It does not matter whether he had enough knowledge of Islam or not. Under such circumstances, the youth is neither allowed to take his wife nor to marry her again, and that she would be required to go through "halalah," if she wanted to return to her husband.
"Halalah" is a practice under which the woman has to marry another man and divorce him before she can marry her previous husband againThe wife would be required to complete the 'iddat' (three months time) period after which she would be allowed to marry another man. In case she divorced her second husband, she would have to go through the iddat period again before she could re-marry her former husband, it stated. During "iddat" a woman is supposed to stay away from celebrations and socialising. "When you gave three talaqs, all the three took place. It does not matter whether the woman gives talaq or not. Your wife became "haraam" for you, whether you are aware of the commandment or not," the fatwa read. Senior mufti of Darul Uloom Waqf Arif Kasmi said that under the 'Shariyat' talaq, even if given in a lighter vein, amounts to divorce. — PTI