Islamic divorce messages via text message are valid, Dubai scholar declares

Divorce|News|March 27th 2013

indonesian text message divorceDeclarations of divorce sent via text message are valid as long as they are not sent in anger, an Islamic scholar in Dubai has ruled.

Traditional Islamic divorce is carried out by the husband pronouncing ‘talaq’ (I divorce you) three times, although views differ on the required waiting period and actions to be carried out between each declaration. The divorce becomes final after the third pronouncement.

A Dubai man asked the country’s Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities to rule on the validity of a talaq sent via SMS, Emirati newspaper Al-Ittihad reportsHe had split from his wife after an argument. He confronted the woman at her father’s house and pronounced talaq, then said it a second time following a further argument. The man later sent at third talaq via text message.

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