How Do Muslims Divorce?

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In Islam, divorce is generally discouraged, and the institution of marriage is highly valued. It's important to understand that Islam views divorce as a last resort. 

Muslims typically follow a process for divorce that involves several steps. Here's a simplified explanation:

  • Initiation of Divorce (Talaq):

    • The husband can initiate the divorce through a declaration known as "talaq." He may say "I divorce you" or write it down, but it's essential to give time between each declaration to allow for reflection.

    • For a divorce to take place it is necessary for a husband to say or admit 3 times that he has given divorce to his wife. Once the husband has said 3 times that he has divorced his wife, the divorce will take place, but it is advised in Islam that a man must not give 3 divorces at once.

  • Waiting Period (Iddah):

    • After the declaration, there is a waiting period called "iddah." This period allows for the identification of any potential pregnancy and provides time for emotional reflection. The duration is typically three menstrual cycles.

  • Attempt at Reconciliation:

    • During the waiting period, attempts at reconciliation are encouraged. Both parties may seek mediation or counselling to resolve issues and possibly prevent the divorce.

  • Finalisation of Divorce:

    • If reconciliation efforts are unsuccessful, and the waiting period concludes, the divorce is considered finalised. Both parties are free to move on with their lives.

The process aims to be considerate of the well-being of all involved parties, and reconciliation is prioritised when possible. It must be kept in mind that Islam values the institution of marriage and advises to refrain from divorcing one’s spouse. Divorce(Talaq) is the most hated by Allah Almighty among Halal things. 

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