Does Divorce through Text Message Occur When it is Written or Sent/Received?

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Fatwa ID: 03703

Answered by: Maulana Irfan Ali



At which point does a divorce through text message occur? When the divorce is written or when the message is sent/received?



بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful



One needs to very careful in his issuance of divorce as divorce can take immediate effect. Divorce through text message does make divorce valid as soon as the text message is sent. If the text is sent multiple times, it will count as one single divorce each time, for example, two text messages stating divorce will stand as two divorces.[1]



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Written by Maulana Irfan Ali

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham




[1] Fatawaa Darul Uloom Zakariyah, vol 4 page 53, Zam zam publishers




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