Fatwa No : 127627
His wife asks for a divorce for no valid reason
Fatwa Date : Shawwaal 17, 1430 / 6-10-2009
All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad , is His Slave and Messenger.
We previously clarified in Fatwa 85390 that it is prohibited for the Muslim woman to ask for divorce without Sharee‘ah-approved reasons, and a woman who does so deserves the punishment stated in the Hadeeth of the Prophet (mentioned in the same Fatwa). Nevertheless, there are some cases in which it is permissible for the woman to ask for divorce as previously clarified in Fatwa 84309. These reasons include suffering obvious harm.
As for your wife's saying that she faced frequent humiliation and taunting, this is a mere claim which needs to be proved. If such harm is entailed by your family, you can try to deal with it by providing an independent house for her, since this is one of her rights on you.
On the other hand, it is permissible for the Muslim woman to request Khul’ from her husband by paying compensation in return for divorce if she hates him and accordingly fears to neglect his rights. For further information about Khul‘, see Fatwa 89039. Moreover, the husband is not required to take his wife on a honeymoon. As for the maid, scholars state that if the wife cannot serve herself because she belongs to a noble family of high status or she is sick, the husband has to provide a maid for her if he is able to.
Furthermore, it is not the right of the wife to be sent to post-pregnancy massages. Rather, a massage may become impermissible when it involves prohibited matters such as disclosing the ‘Awrah (parts of the body that must be covered in Islam) without a need. Anyway, we advise you to try to deal with the matter wisely and you may seek help of wise people within your family and her family to reconcile between both of you. If reconciliation occurred, it would be fine, but if she persisted in asking for divorce, you may decline to divorce her until she pays compensation that you both agree on.
Allaah Knows best.
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