Fatwa: # 28031
Category: Divorce (Talaaq)
Country: Switzerland
Date: 12th January 2014


Do I have to wait for Iddah to terminate in order to reconcile with my wife?


If a man issues his wife with 2 talaaqs and then they want to reconcile-should they wait for her iddah to finish?

Also, if one party is doubtful as to whether it was 2 or 3 talaaqs and the other party is certain and has firm conviction that it was 2-what is the ruling?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

1)     In order to reconcile with one’s wife after Talaaq, the nature of the Talaaq has to be taken into consideration. If a revocable Talaaq (Talaaq-e-Raj’ī) was issued, then he may reconcile with his wife during the Iddah without having to conduct a new Nikah. However, if the Iddah expires, then he will have to conduct a new Nikah.[1] If he has issued an irrevocable Talaaq (Talaaq-e-Baa’in), then he cannot reconcile with her. He will have to make a new Nikah at any time, during the ‘Iddah or after the Iddah.

In order to advise whether the Talaaq was revocable or irrevocable, kindly send us the exact words that were uttered when issuing the Talaaq.


2)     In order to advise, state who had the doubt, the husband or wife? Why is there a doubt? Explain in detail.


And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Nabeel Valli

Student Darul Iftaa
Lusaka, Zambia

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.


[1]   الهداية في شرح بداية المبتدي (1/405) [مكتبة رحمانية]

" وإذا طلق الرجل امرأته تطليقة رجعية أو تطليقتين فله أن يراجعها في عدتها رضيت بذلك أو لم ترض " لقوله تعالى: {فَأَمْسِكُوهُنَّ بِمَعْرُوفٍ} [البقرة: 231] من غير فصل ولا بد من قيام العدة لأن الرجعة استدامة الملك ألا ترى أنه سمى إمساكا وهو الإبقاء وإنما يتحقق الاستدامة في العدة لأنه لا ملك بعد انقضائها " والرجعة أن يقول راجعتك أو راجعت امرأتي " وهذا صريح في الرجعة ولا خلاف فيه بين الأئمة.


النتف في الفتاوى للسغدي (1/ 322) [مؤسسة الرسالة]

وَالْفرق بَين الرَّجْعِيّ والبائن أربعة عشر خصْلَة: أحدها الطَّلَاق الرَّجْعِيّ لَا يحْتَاج إلى تَجْدِيد النِّكَاح

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