Meaning of Talaak baen
Fatwa No: 82541


My husband divorced me and I would like to know the meaning of (one divorce) Talaak baen.


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The Muslim jurists differentiate between two kinds of divorce as far as the number is concerned.

 First, Rajei divorce; the revocable divorce, in which a husband has the right to bring his divorced wife back to conjugal life without making any new marriage contract. Taking her back to conjugal life is permissible only before the expiry of the period.

Second, the Bain divorce; (complete separation).

It is of two kinds:

First, "Minor Bain divorce" is a kind of separation. If the husband has made one pronouncement or two pronouncements of divorce and he did not take his wife back to conjugal life during her Iddah (waiting period) and her Iddah has expired then it is permissible for him to take her back to conjugal life if he makes a new marriage contract fulfilling all requirements of marriage.

Second, “Major Bain divorce”. If the husband divorces his wife (three) times, then it becomes prohibited for him to take her back or marry her again unless she gets married to another man and has sexual intercourse with him (that man). If they are then separated by divorce or by the death of the second husband, the first husband can marry her if he wishes through a new marriage contract.

Allah Says (what means): {Then, if the other husband divorces her, it is no sin on both of them that they reunite, provided they feel that they can keep the limits ordained by Allah. These are the limits of Allah, which He makes plain for the people who have knowledge.} [Quran 2: 230].

Allah knows best.

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