09 August 2020   18. Zul Hijjah 1441

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Is Talaq revoked by repentance?

Q: There's a question that has been bothering me for a while. If Allah Ta'ala is so merciful that when we turn to Him in sincere repentance, He forgives us and there is forgiveness for everything.

Then why is it that when it comes to Talaq there’s no chance to repent? Man is not perfect. We all get angry and say things in anger. If a man, in anger, says Talaq 3 times, then why is the marriage terminated there and then?

Does he not deserve a chance to repent? We are forgiven for the worst of sins. Allah is so merciful that He can even forgive a murderer if that person sincerely repents. So why is there such a huge punishment for Talaq?

A: A distinction must be drawn between an act, it’s consequences and the aspect of repentance. As an example, if a murderer sincerely repents for the act of committing murder, Allah willing, his repentance will be accepted provided he fulfils the conditions of repentance. However, the effect and consequences of his action will remain.

He will be trialled for his crime and he will face the full penalty for murder if found guilty. In addition to these, it will be understood that the murdered person will not be brought back to life and the negative impact that his actions will have on the family and society cannot be undone.

Similarly, if a person issues three Talaqs the effect of this act remains i.e. the marriage will be over. Repentance will be required for the sin to be forgiven. However, all consequences of such a divorce will be applicable.

And Allah Knows Best

Darul Ihsan Fatwa Dept.

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