Husband said to wife: Go look for another husband
Fatwa No: 365212

  • Fatwa Date:3-1-2018 - Rabee' Al-Aakhir 16, 1439
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Assalaamu alaykum. Hello, I have a question regarding Kinayah words. When a man says to his wife, “Go and look for another husband;” can this have an impact on their marriage?


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The expression mentioned in the question is considered Kinayah (metaphor) of divorce. What determines whether it is actually a divorce or not is the husband's intention. If he intended divorce when saying those words, then divorce takes place; otherwise, it does not take place.

The Kinayah of divorce, according to scholars, is any expression that closely implies separation. The author of Mughni Al-Muhtaaj, who is a leading Shaafiʻi scholar, wrote, “Kinayah of divorce is any wording that indicates a short notice of separation but is not a common term of divorce, neither Islamically nor according to customary practice...

The Hanbali scholar Ibn Qudaamah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him wrote regarding the metaphors of divorce on account of which divorce takes effect when accompanied by the husband's intention to issue a divorce, “...and all the expressions indicating separation and signifying divorce ...” [Al-Mughni]

Allah knows best.

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