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It is not necessary to issue talaaq 3 times

Fatwaa ID: 1640

Question:
Assalaamu ‘Alaikum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh

Someone told me that you have to give talaq 3x at once in order for the spouse to be considered unlawful, and not 3x separately, it has to be said 3x in one go. Also what’s the case if someone divorced their wife years ago but still lives with her and their kids, what should the family do. Will the spouse be punished and the family cursed for this sin?

Answer:
In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. Contrary to the ignorance of many, it is not necessary to issue talaaq thrice for it to be valid. One talaaq is sufficient to terminate the marriage. Issuing talaaq thrice, whether that be in one go or by repetition, irrevocably terminates the marriage and often leads to regret afterwards. When one talaaq is issued, there is a scope of reconciliation. A man should never issue three divorces. He should never repeat the words of talaaq. Once is sufficient to do the job.
  2. Once talaaq is issued and the ‘iddah ends, it is haraam for the now ex-couple to live together. They are strangers and non-mahrams to each other. The laws of hijaab are fully applicable between them. They must separate. Any intimate interactions between them will be zina. That is a major sin.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York
https://askthemufti.us/

01/29/1445 AH – 08/16/2023 CE | AMG1-3332

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين

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