Divorce, Women & Islam



What does the
Religion of Peace
Teach About…

How a Man Divorces His Wife

Can a Muslim man divorce his wife simply by repeating ‘I divorce you’ three times?

Summary Answer
Yes.  It’s a controversial practice called the talaq or “triple-talaq.”  A husband may say to his wife at anytime she is not menstruating, “I divorce you, I divorce you, I divorce you,” and this effectively throws her out on the street.

The Qur’an:
Islamic law on this issue is based on the Hadith and on a creative interpretation of part of verse2:229.

From the Hadith:


Muslim (9:3493) – This is one of several hadith in which it is clear that Muhammad practiced the triple talaq and approved of his followers doing the same.


Additional Notes:

Some Islamic scholars believe that it isn’t right to do this in one sitting. They say that there is should be a period of time between the “three strikes.”


Women’s rights groups in the Muslim world are waging an uphill battle to prevent governments from recognizing the triple talaq – and with some success in the more moderate countries – but it will always be honored by Islamic courts.


Under Islamic law, once a marriage is consummated, a wife has absolutely no right to divorce her husband without his permission, even though she may be cast out at will for any reason.

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