Can You Give Talaq by Text? Read This!

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Hi all readers! Are you looking for an explanation of “can you give talaq by text?”? If your answer is “Yes”, congratulations! Now you are reading the right article. Why? Because that’s what I’m going to 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 talaq by text?” which I will explain in this article. The three important things I mean are as follows:

  1. Can You Give Talaq by Text?
  2. Is Talaq Valid on SMS?
  3. How Do You Write in Talaq?

Can You Give Talaq by Text?

The first important thing about “can you give talaq by text?” what I’m going to explain now is a specific answer. I want you to understand that first before you read any more explanations in this article.

By the way, have you read the explanation about “what does talaq mean in Islam?” which I have written in some previous articles? I highly recommend that you read it. In the article there is an explanation of the literal meaning of talaq and the meaning of talaq in Islam. I want you to understand “what is talq?” first so that you can understand the topic of this discussion well.

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In the article about “what does talaq mean in Islam?”, I have explained some of the literal meaning of talaq and the meaning of talaq in Islam. One of the literal meanings of talaq is as follows:

اِنْفِصَالُ أَحَدِ الزَّوْجَيْنِ عَنِ الْآخَرِ

The separation of one partner from the other (separation of husband and wife).

While one of the meanings of talaq in Islam is as follows:

إِزَالَةُ عَقْدِ النِّكَاحِ بِلَفْظٍ مَخْصُوْصٍ ، أَوْ بِكُلِّ لَفْظٍ يَدُلُّ عَلَى الطَّلَاقِ

Eliminate the marriage contract with certain words or with all words that mean divorce.

In Islamic legal literacy, talaq is annulling the marriage contract (aqd an-nikah) with words that have the meaning of giving talaq. Because of that, many Muslims understand that talaq are divorce sentences that are spoken and must be said, such as “I divorce you”. That’s what makes some Muslims confused if there is a husband giving talaq by text to his wife.

According to the majority of Islamic jurists, the text is not a clear expression. Text is another form of expression and has the disadvantage of not being able to be understood clearly.

Thus, the talaq given with the text will be valid if two conditions or two talaq rules are met. In other words, if you are an adult, aware that it is talaq, and are not forced (unless the force is a court), and you write the sentence talaq to your wife who is not menstruating and not after sex, then the talaq is valid.

In simple terms, I would like to say that you can give talaq by text if two talaq conditions or two talaq rules are met.

That’s a short explanation of “can you give talaq by text?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.

Is Talaq Valid on SMS?

The second important thing about “can you give talaq by text?” what I will explain now is “is talaq valid on SMS?”. I want you to understand that because maybe some Muslims do it. I want you to understand that well.

In the previous few paragraphs, I have explained that “You can give talaq by text if there is a niyyah for talaq”. In general, people understand the text as writing on paper that is given to the wife. But “is talaq valid on SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook, and similar applications?”.

One important thing about talaq by text that I want to explain here is that it is one way to give talaq. It will be valid if all the talaq conditions have been met.

In other words, talaq on SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook, and similar applications” is valid if two talaq conditions or two talaq rules are met.

That’s a brief explanation of “is talaq valid on SMS?”. As Muslims, we must understand that.

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