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Lied about divorce

Fatwaa ID: 866

Question:
Assalamualaikum

A musallee asked:

A man was being pressured by his family to divorce his wife so he lied to them and said that he divorced his wife two days ago. He never divorced her two days earlier.

When he lied to his family about this, would this actually count as one divorce or no?

Ajeebu wa tujaroo

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

In principle, lying in regards to the issuance of a divorce, in the past tense, does not constitute talaaq, provided that that was his intention. If he intended divorce or he intended joking, then talaaq will take place. However, it should be noted that if the wife was to take him to an Islamic court on account of his statement, then his intentions will not be considered. His words will be taken at face value.

In the enquired situation, he may apply the above principle to determine the conclusion. The husband should be reminded that Allaah Ta’aala knows the reality of the situation; you cannot lie to Him. He should fear Allaah Ta’aala and make the correct decision.

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

08/24/1444 AH – 03/16/2023 CE | AMG1-2895

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


الفتاوي التاترخانية (4/401)
وفي الأصل في باب الطلاق : أذا قال لامرأته “قد طلقتك” أو قال “أنت طالق قد طلقتك أمس” و هو كاذب كان طلاقا في القضاء، وفي الصغري : في أمالي أبي يوسف رحمه الله : أذا قال لها “قد طلقتك” أو قال لها “أنت طالق” و أراد الخبر عما مضي كذبا وسعه فيما بينه وبين الله تعالي ان يمسكها، و ان لم يرد الخبر عما مضي و أراد الكذب فهي طالق في القضاء و فيما بينه وبين و به

حاشية ابن عابدين(3/236)
ﻭﻟﻮ ﺃﻗﺮ ﺑﺎﻟﻄﻼﻕ ﻛﺎﺫﺑﺎ ﺃﻭ ﻫﺎﺯﻻ ﻭﻗﻊ ﻗﻀﺎء ﻻ ﺩﻳﺎﻧﺔ. اﻩـ.
 
حاشية ابن عابدين (3/248) 
وما في التحفة لا يخالف ما قبله لأن المراد طلقت قضاء فقط لما مر من أنه لو أخبر بالطلاق كاذبا لا يقع ديانة بخلاف الهازل فهذا يدل على وقوعه وإن لم يضفه إلى المرأة صريحا

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