Fatwa ID: 04482
Answered by: Maulana Belaal Ahmed
A close family friend on my wife's side has divorced his wife.
He stated to me as follows:
During an argument with his wife, he threatened to divorce her. She said, 'go on then'. So I gave her divorce three times. He said the words 'talaq talaq talaq' to her.
They are still living together in the same house. There are no children and they have been married for around twenty years.
They are watching videos on YouTube which statess that three in one go means one talaq.
They have been shown the link below and are quoting Dr. Zakir Naik:
Please advise me regarding this situation. Has talaq taken place and should they be living together?
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
In the following situation, three talaq has occurred and one must separate from his wife as she is no longer his wife. The reason for the following is because of the Quran ayah:
“Divorce is (only permissible) twice, thereafter either retaining her honorably or releasing her kindly…If he divorces her (the third time), she will not be lawful for him unless she marries another husband (and he also divorces her).”
In the above situation, he divorced her 3 times.
Only Allah knows best
Written by Maulana Belaal Ahmed
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham
 Surah al-Baqara, V: 229/230