The Muslim Ummah is presently faced with an unprecedented increase in the number of marriages ending in divorce. Previously uttering the word ‘Talaaq’ was viewed very seriously. However, nowadays, Talaaq has been severely trivialised and for any petty issue the husband pronounces Talaaq in anger. In most cases this is later regretted but it is too late to repair the damage. The effect of this act must take place whether uttered in jest, seriousness, anger or on the spur of the moment. ‘Talaaq’ cannot be taken lightly or used as a weapon or threat in domestic disputes.
Hazrat Abu Huraira Radhiyallaahu Anhu reported Rasoolullah Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam as saying, ‘There are three things which, whether undertaken seriously or in jest, are treated as serious and the effect of it occurs in all circumstances: marriage, divorce and taking back a wife (after a divorce which is not final)’. (Tirmizi, Abu Dawood)
Because of ignorance, many husbands believe that in order for the Talaaq to be valid, Talaaq must be uttered three times. In fact, a single Talaaq is more than sufficient and valid. By giving one Talaaq, it gives the couple the hope to reunite in the future should they wish to do so. But, by giving three Talaaqs (deplorable compared to one or two Talaaqs) the marriage is irrevocably and finally terminated.
Some people believe that three Talaaqs in one sitting are equal to one Talaaq. In the light of the Qur’an and authentic Ahadith, the scholars, Imaams and Mashaaikh are unanimous that three Talaaqs in one sitting are treated as three Talaaqs, which irrevocably terminates the Nikah.
We appeal to our brethren to take cognizance of the above Hadith and be wise before uttering just anything, only to regret its consequences. By then, it’s too late.