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Talaaq via SMS, Whatsapp

 

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)

 

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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

 

Confirmation:

Mufti Ebrahim Desai

 

 

Fatwa Department
Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) 

Council of Muslim Theologians

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