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Nasihah (Advice): Divorce – undertaken seriously or in jest


Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said that marriage and divorce are treated seriously whether it was undertaken seriously or in jest. (Abu Dawood)




Question and Answer:


  1. Is a Talaaq via sms, whatsapp, etc. valid?


(Question published as received)


  1. A Talaaq (divorce) issued verbally or in writing is valid. (Shaami)


Accordingly, a Talaaq (divorce) via sms, whatsapp etc. is also valid as it is considered to be a written Talaaq (divorce).


However This is not the correct manner/method and procedure of giving talaaq which is taken very seriously in Islam but sadly it is taken very lightly amongst Muslims nowadays. Talaq ( divorce ) should only be used as a last resort when everything else eg. counselling, therapy, consulting senior family members etc fails.



And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Ismaeel Bassa



Mufti Ebrahim Desai



Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) 

Council of Muslim Theologians

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