Nasihah (Advice): Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam has described Talaaq as the most hated of permitted actions in the sight of Allah. (Abu Dawud)
Question and Answer:
Q. I have a query regarding divorce.
If a person has to give his wife the 2nd Talaaq, what are the consequences? Idaat period, providing for the wife after the Talaaq, status of marriage?
(Query published as received)
A. If the husband and wife had reconciled after the first divorce and now he issues a second divorce, her Iddah will commence from the time of the second divorce. If they did not reconcile after the first divorce, the Iddah will continue from the first divorce and the second divorce will not cause the Iddah to restart. There is still room for reconciliation as long as three divorces have not been issued.
If they do not reconcile before the Iddah expires, the bonds of marriage will terminate and it will be necessary for them to renew the Nikah if they wish to reconcile thereafter.
During the Iddah period, the husband is obligated to provide maintenance for the wife.
And Allah Knows Best
Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
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