Told my wife: “I do not want you”

Reference: Fataawa at-Talaaq – Question 41, Page 68

Question: I married a pious woman when I was young, and after approximately three weeks of marriage I said to my wife: “I do not want you” several times, and “tell your father: I do not want you”. And now I do not know if this statement I made to my wife constitutes a divorce or not? Keeping in mind that I did not intend [by it] a divorce. And if she is [however] divorced, do I enter a contract with her for the second time via a new contract? {Please] guide me [and] may Allaah reward you with good.

Response: This statement [in itself] does not constitute a divorce if it was done without an intention [to divorce her]. So your wife remains under your protection and there is nothing required of you [in terms of compensation or the like].

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.