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Force divorced

Q:

Assalamu Alaykum, We have a question regarding divorce that is given; under severe force/ threat. Here is the scenario: The husband has been under constant pressure from the wife to divorce her. He has no intentions to do so. Despite provocation he has resisted it. However, the wife informs the husband on the phone that she will be committing suicide, and that it’s too late for anything unless he gives her talaq right away, she will take her life. the husband freaks out that she will kill herself and says “I give you talaq all three”. Now the husband is very clear that he only said this to stop her from killing herself, as she was on the verge; furthermore, he says he honestly thought this way talaq cannot happen as it is under coercion/ duress. Now the question is; according to Shariah; would this count as “force”/ talaq mulgee? The wife was in clear position to carry out the threat of suicide there and then. would three talaqs be considered valid and hence irrevocable? Or would they be considered invalid. Your opinion and guidance will be greatly helpful.

A:

Waalaykum Salam

kindly refer to the link below:

http://www.askanalim.org/node/2534

with Thanks and Regards,

Ask An Alim Team