Islamic Ethics

IN REGARD TO DIVORCE

Unfortunately, married life may fail at times, and the supposedly harmonious loving relation ends up by being nothing but fights and discord. Then a time comes when the two sides decide that each has to go his or her way, thereby they agree on a divorce.

Divorce is allowed in Islam, but it is a most detestable thing that is allowed.

See what the Quran says:

وَاِن خِفتُم شِقاقَ بینِهِما فابعَثوا حَکَماً مِن اهلِهِ وَ حَکَماً مِنِ اهلِها اِن یریدَا

اِصلاَحاً یُوَفِقِ اللهُ بَینَهُما

“AND IF YOU FEAR A BREACH BETWEEN THE TWO (HUBAND AND WIFE), THEN APPOINT AN ARBITRATOR FROM HIS PEOPLE AND AN ARBITRATOR FROM HERS; IF THEY BOTH WISH FOR PEACH, THEN GOD WILL RECONCILIATE BETWEEN THEM.”

 (AL-Quran IV-35)

وَلِلمُطَلَقاتٍ مَتاعٌ بالمَعروفِ حَقاً علی المُتقینَ

“FOR DIVORCED WOMEN THERE WILL BE MAINTENANCE (TO BE PROVIDED) THAT IS REASONABLE. THIS IS A DUTY ON THE RIGHTEOUS.”

 (AL-Quran II-241)

ابغَضُ الحَلال الی الله عَزَ وَ جلَّ الطلاقُ

Let us also see what God’s Messenger (P.B.U.H) says:

“WITH GOD, THE MOST DETESTABLE OF ALL LAWFUL THINGS, IS DIVORCE.”

Some couples will find out that their marriage won’t work out. For some reason or other, a good deal of unhappiness and discord will become the common background. They may try their best to improve upon their relationship, but alas, things don’t seem to work out.

Divorce will be sought. It might be the better solution, though a detestable thing, and the Almighty doesn’t like it at all. Everyone will suffer through such a solution, children in particular.

We are to try our best to help in such a situation if we are the friends or relatives of those involved. If that doesn’t work out, we are to support and give good counsel to the two and to their children.

Divorce is allowed in Islam but it is very detestable. It is an unhappy solution for an unhappy situation.

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