Islamic Law Allows Husbands to Divorce their Wives on Facebook

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Naturally women don’t have the same ability because Islam is to gender equality as a pile of plutonium is to public safety.

In a bizarre case, a man is said to have divorced his wife on Facebook. He wrote ‘Talaaq’, three times on his wife’s Facebook wall. The man also obtained a fatwa in favor of his action.

Following her husband’s action the woman filed a police complaint, acting on the complaint the police arrested the family members of the man.

The accused man is still absconding. According to the police this is case is a first of its kind. City Qazi Sayeed Mushtaq Ali Naqvi has ruled that this way of divorcing a wife is against Shariyat.

I don’t see why there’s much of a Sharia debate over this. All Islamic law requires is that a husband tell his wife three times that she is divorced. Or Talaaq, Talaaq, Talaaq.

Muslim men have been allowed to divorce their wives by text message. And Islamic law has held text message divorces to be valid.

Divorce rates have skyrocketed, leaving many Tajik women abandoned by their husbands, shunned by their communities, and denied child support and property rights.

Many of these men didn’t even bother traveling home to break off their marriage. Instead, they took advantage of technology to avoid a difficult conversation, sending a simple SMS saying “talaq, talaq, talaq”.

Skype divorces have also become an issue.

An e-savvy Qatar resident learnt this the hard way when he typed talaq thrice while chatting with his wife on Skype.

He says he did not mean it but Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband has ruled that his nikah stands terminated, according to a news report in an Indian paper.

That is not all. For his careless ‘chat’, the man can remarry his divorced wife only after halala, a practice under which the woman has to marry and divorce another man before she can marry her previous husband again, the Times of India reported on Wednesday.

Thank goodness for Islamic morality.

  • Barry

    At least he doesn't have to pay for a lawyer. When Islamic law was written I doubt they thought about Facebook.

  • Familylawcourts.com

    For some women, this is a blessing.

    • Georgina

      True, technology is a wonderful out for those wives of abusive husbands who refuse to divorce them.
      It used to be next to impossible for a women to obtain an islamic divorce without her husband's consent.
      Now all she needs is access to his email address/facebook and voila!

      So, note all you muslimas out there – make sure you have access, just in case.

  • ticksandleeches

    Rather strange since there has been a fatwa issued for any muslim who uses facebok, supposedly. Even though the article is older, it should still carry through to this day and age as well.

    "A top Egyptian cleric has issued a fatwa forbidding the use of the popular social networking site Facebook, saying Muslims using such sites must be considered ''sinners''."
    http://www.deccanherald.com/content/50964/now-fat

    • Daniel Greenfield

      There are lots of clashing Fatwas

      • ticksandleeches

        As long as they meet the will of allah, it;'s all good.

  • bob e

    anything these pajama'd ole lice pickers with 13 year olds' on their knee spit out is fine & normal
    with most muslims. i can't see any problem with it….

  • PeaceBeOnU

    this is certainly and definitely not true…having a divorce or Talaq is not just simply the uttering the word or just texting it …it involves far more longer periods of three stages of saying Talaq after which it is validated…ignorent are those who writes such article and worse are those who believe it without clarifying the fact…

    • Georgina

      Only if the "wife" was too young to start menstruating before being raped. To protect the poor child just in case she might be pregnant after all.
      But 3 texts at one minute intervals are better, it is true.

  • Lan Astaslem

    next up at Facebook, televised beheadings & stonings in real time

  • JacksonPearson

    In AD 627, Muhammad committed an atrocity against the last remaining major tribe of Jews in Medina: the Qurayza.

    He beheaded the men and the pubescent boys and enslaved the women and children. In doing this, he wiped an entire tribe "off the map" to use the language of the President of Iran, recently.