Fatwa ID: 02285
Answered by Molana Muhammad Adnan
My question is if a husband tells his wife that if you ever lie to me or do anything wrong behind my back that i am not aware of then you are divorced. Will the divorce take place if she lies or does anything or not?
If a man attaches a future condition to divorce, it will take effect once the condition is fulfilled. In the above scenario, if the condition he has set is fulfilled, 1 talaaq Raj’ii will take effect . The husband has the right to keep his wife without renewing nikaah. (Sharah Al-Bidaayah v2 p354)
Once the divorce has taken place and the husband decides to keep the wife, the oath will no longer stand and the conditions can be broken again and again but more than 1 divorce will not take place, unless its specified how many. Similarly if he says “every time you lie to me you are divorced”, then every time the woman lies a divorce will take effect and after 3 divorces they would have to separate and divorce permanently.
(Bahishti Zewar p400)
Written by Molana Muhammad Adnan
Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham