Can You Give Divorce During Ramadan? Read This!

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Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation of “can you give divorce during Ramadan?”? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that is what I will explain in this article. As Muslims, we must understand that. That’s why I wrote this article. So, you should read it to the end!

Specifically, there are three important points about “can you give divorce during Ramadan?” which I will explain in this article. The three important things I mean are as follows:

  1. When Is Divorce Allowed in Islam?
  2. Can You Give Divorce During Ramadan?
  3. How to Give Divorce During Ramadan?

When Is Divorce Allowed in Islam?

The first important thing about “can you give divorce during Ramadan?” what I will explain now is “when is divorce allowed in Islam?”. I want you to understand that first before you read more explanations in this article so that you understand the right time to give a divorce.

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One important thing about the right time to give a divorce that I want to explain is that a good divorce is a divorce that meets all the divorce rules or conditions for divorce. That’s why, you have to understand all of that if you want to understand about “when is divorce allowed in Islam?”.

So, firstly, I will explain the rules for divorce in Islam or the conditions for divorce in Islam.

Rules of Divorce in Islam

In simple terms, the rules of divorce in Islam or the conditions for divorce in Islam are as follows:

One: the husband who gave the divorce was baligh, not forced, and conscious.

The first rule of divorce or the first requirement for divorce is that the husband who gives the divorce is baligh (adult), is not forced to divorce, and is aware that it is a divorce. In other words, if your husband is immature, then he cannot divorce you. If your husband is forced or unconscious, then the divorce is invalid, unless the court is forcing it.

Two: the divorced wife in a chaste condition and not after sex.

The second rule of divorce or the second condition of divorce is that the divorced wife is in a holy condition and not after sex. In other words, if you are in an impure condition, such as if you are menstruating or postpartum, or if you have had sex with your husband, then the divorce is legal but it is haram: your husband should not give you a divorce if you are menstruating, postpartum, or after sex.

We can find an explanation that Islam strictly forbids a husband to divorce his wife who is menstruating in the hadith below:

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُمَا : أَنَّهُ طَلَّقَ امْرَأَتَهُ وَهِيَ حَائِضٌ عَلَى عَهْدِ رَسُوْلِ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ [تَطْلِيْقَةً وَاحِدَةً] ، فَسَأَلَ عُمَرُ بْنُ الْخَطَّابِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَنْ ذَلِكَ ، (فَتَغَيَّظَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ثُمَّ) قَالَ رَسُوْلُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : (مُرْهُ فَلْيُرَاجِعْهَا ، ثُمَّ لْيُمْسِكْهَا حَتَّى تَطْهُرَ، ثُمَّ تَحِيْضَ ، ثُمَّ تَطْهُرَ ، ثُمَّ إِنْ شَاءَ أَمْسَكَ بَعْدُ ، وَإِنْ شَاءَ طَلَّقَ قَبْلَ أَنْ يَمَسَّ ، فَتِلْكَ الْعُدَّةُ الَّتِيْ أَمَرَ اللهُ أَنْ تُطَلَّقَ لَهَا النِّسَاءُ . مُتَّفَقٌ عَلَيْهِ . وَفِيْ رِوَايَةٍ لِمُسْلِمٍ قَالَ : مُرْهُ فَلْيُرَاجِعْهَا ، ثُمَّ لْيُطَلِّقْهَا طَاهِرًا أَوْ حَامِلًا

From Abdullah ibn Umar radiyallahu anhuma, that he had divorced his wife when shewas menstruating during the time of Allah’s Messenger (Prophet Muhammad) sallallahu alaihi wa sallam (divorced one). Umar bin Khattab radliyallahu anhu then asked the Messenger of Allah (Prophet Muhammad) salallahu alayhi wa sallam about it, (Allah’s messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam then got angry). Then Allah’s Messenger said, “Tell him to return to his wife (cancel divorce), then tell him to maintain her until she is pure (ends menstruation), then she has a second period, then she is pure (ends menstruation) second). Then if after that he wants to defend her, then he may defend her. If he wants to divorce her, then he may divorce her. Those are the rules about divorcing wives that Allah has commanded.” This hadith was narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim. In a Muslim narration it is explained (another hadith editor), “Tell him to return to his wife and then divorce her in a holy state or while pregnant.”

Now I want to give you a specific answer to the question “when is divorce allowed in Islam?”. So, if we have understood some of the explanations in the paragraphs above, then we can conclude that divorce is permissible in Islam when all the rules for divorce or all the conditions for divorce are met. That’s the answer.

That is a brief explanation of “when is divorce allowed in Islam?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.

Can You Give Divorce During Ramadan?

The second important thing about “can you give divorce during Ramadan?” what I’m going to explain now is a specific answer. I want you to understand that because that is the main topic in this discussion.

In the previous few paragraphs I have explained that the best time to give a divorce to the wife is when all the divorce rules or all the conditions for divorce are met. In Islamic legal literacy, as I understand it, there is no certain day, certain month, and certain year that Muslims are allowed to divorce their wives or not to give divorce to their wives.

So, if you ask me, “can you give divorce during Ramadan?”, the answer is that you can give a divorce during Ramadan if all the divorce rules or all the conditions for divorce are met. All divorce rules or all divorce conditions become the standard to determine whether a husband may give a divorce to his wife or not.

But what we must understand is that Ramadan is a very noble month for Muslims. Divorce is something that is allowed in Islam but is not recommended. For this reason, ethically, divorce should not be given during Ramadan. The goal is to honor Ramadan. Unless divorce is the best option.

That’s a brief explanation of “can you give divorce during Ramadan?”. As Muslims, we must understand that. I want you to understand that because that is the main topic of this discussion.

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