Fatwa ID: 04183
Answered by: Maulana Muhammad Afzal Hussain
Do 2 and a half talaqs count as three talaqs?
In the name of ALLAH the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Allah the Exalted said: "The divorce is twice, after that, either you retain her on reasonable terms or release her kindness." [Al-Baqarah:229]
Author of Sarh al-Wiqayah mentioned, "Whether if its half of a Talaq, or one third, or from one talaq to two talaqs, or what is in between one and two, one talaq will occur in that manner of giving Talaq." [see: Sharh Al-Wiqayah, Chapter: Equal Talaq, vol:2, publisher: Islamiah Kutub khana Dhaka] So half a Talaq will result as one full Talaq.
Therefore, two and a half Talaqs will be considered in total to be three talaqs.
Only Allah Knows Best
Written by Maulana Muhammad Afzal Hussain
Checked and Approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham