What is the Islamic ruling regarding those who misuse the provision of reconciliation (ruju‘) after divorce (talaq)?


An issue arose of a man seeking reconciliation [ruju] after having issued divorce [talaq] to his wife three times. The nazim of Dar-ul-Ifta asked Hazrat Amirul Momineen, Khalifatul Masih Vaa about it. 

Huzooraa, while shedding light on the issue, gave the following reply in a letter dated 1 July 2020:

“With regard to the Islamic injunction of divorce, the Holy Prophetsa has stated:

أَبْغَضُ‭ ‬الْحَلَالِ‭ ‬إِلَى‭ ‬اللّٰهِ‭ ‬تَعَالىٰ‭ ‬الطَّلَاقُ

“[‘The lawful thing which God hates most is divorce.’ (Ibn Majah, Kitab al-talaq, Bab al-talaq)]

“This individual has made a jest of the above injunction and has been issuing talaq to his wife over trivial matters. 

“This has nothing to do with anger; rather it is utter ignorance and tantamount to ridiculing a provision granted by Allah the Exalted. One can clearly see, he has fully convinced himself that talaq was the best weapon to harass his wife and that he could use it whenever he so fancied on the spur of the moment. 

“It was to discipline and reform such people that Hazrat Umarra counted three divorces issued in one sitting as [an irrevocable talaq]. Therefore, in my opinion, this divorce has become binding so that now there can be no reconciliation [ruju]. Nevertheless, take a closer look [at the case].”

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