Q&A – Merely having thoughts of divorce and saying ambiguous things without the intention of divorce does not violate the Nikah


After intercourse, I joked with with my wife saying “russian girl,chal ja”. I am now getting thoughts that this has violated our nikkah? I keep getting evil thoughts of me committing zina. Does this constitute a divorce? I live in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and want to do bayah with someone – please advise.




In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,


Abu Hurayra (Allah be pleased with him) narrates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said, ‘Indeed, Allah has overlooked for my nation the misgivings/thoughts that occur in their hearts, as long as they do not act upon it, or speak about it.’ (Bukhari, Muslim)


It can clearly be understood from the above that merely thinking about divorce or having baseless doubts about it does not  constitute an Islamic divorce, as long as one does not actually issue a divorce verbally or in writing etc.


Therefore, as long as you never intended  issuing a divorce whilst saying the words “russian girl,chal ja”, your Nikah is still intact.


With regards to your question about doing Baya’t  (pledging spiritual allegiance), please contact Molana Abdul Haveez Makki or Molana Saif-ur-Rahman, both currently residing in the noble city of Makkah.


And Allah, the Almighty knows best,


Mufti Sufyan Ibn Yakub Khapi



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