Fatwa ID: 05189
Answered by: Mufti Muhammad Adnan
Can you confirm that divorce only occurs when words of divorce are uttered explicitly?
In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful
Once the man utters: “I divorce my wife”, and utters these words in such a tone that he himself can hear these words, divorce comes into effect. This is irrespective of whether he uttered them in private or in public, and whether his wife heard him uttering these words or not. in all cases, divorce takes place. (Bahishti Zewar)
If you merely have doubts it doesn’t constitute a divorce.
And Allah Ta’ala knows best
Written by Mufti Muhammad Adnan
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham