22 April 2021   9. Ramadhan 1442

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Does separation for a lengthy period mean Talaaq?

Q. My husband and I have been through multiple separations, sometimes for months. Currently we have not been together and not seen or spoken to each other for an entire year. We have not been together physically. Does it mean our marriage is terminated?

A. A Nikah shall only terminate if one of the factors or processes by which a marriage ends are found. Mere separation of the spouses, physical or other, does not terminate the marriage. Regardless of the period of separation, and regardless of the fact that the husband and wife may not have met, spoken or seen each other for whatever period, the marriage remains intact as long as no divorce/Talaaq has been effected. There is a general misconception that a lengthy separation terminates marriage. This is incorrect.

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