What to say when taking back a wife after having pronounced divorce upon her

Reference: Fataawa at-Talaaq – Question 125, Page 196

Question: What form [of statement] is made when one takes back his wife [after having previously pronounced divorce upon her]?

Response: [Any] word which is indicative of him taking her back is sufficient.

So if he says:

I am taking my wife back

or

I took my wife back

or

I took a hold of my wife

or

I took my wife back under my protection

So all of these words are indicative or the [same] meaning.

[And if he were to say] that which is similar to these words, [in the presence of] two upright witnesses, then this is best; And he says to the two [witnesses]:

I bear witness that I have taken back my wife

or

I took back my wife

or

I took a hold of my wife

or

I took my wife back under my protection

…and similar to these words.

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.