Will It effect Divorce If My Husband Says during a Fight, “Go Find Another Husband.”?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


When my husband is angry at me while we are fighting, he sometimes tells me to “Go find another husband.” How dangerous is it to say such a thing in Islam? Does this come close to divorce when he says that?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. It is sad to hear such statements for a wife.

It is dangerous to make statements like “Go find another husband,” because if the husband intended and other aspects were considered, divorce could occur. However, in your case, it has become his habit and will not be changed.


Divorce is of two types:

1) Clear and plain words exclusive to issuing divorce; and

2) Allusive (kinaya) words.

Allusive words are ambiguous words and statements, and they do not effect divorce unless used with intent or determined by the situation. Allusive words are not only used to issue divorces but they can also be implied and hinted at. As a result, given each circumstance, other aspects must be considered and assessed in addition to the utterance and intention. [Ibn ’Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

You should sit down with him when the time is right and discuss it with him. He is responsible for the potential outcomes as the head of the family. Please discuss your mutual concern that you both need to be careful in how you act and react in future situations.

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I pray this helps with your question.
[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.