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2 Muslim Women in India get Divorce Notifications via WhatsApp from their U.S.-based Husbands

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Two Muslim brothers based in the U.S. have divorced their wives in India by simple sending “Talaq” via Whatsapp. Talaq means divorce.

In Sharia law, a man can divorce his wife by declaring Talaq.

The law states that after the declaration, the couple must wait three months before the divorce is finalised. However, if the couple have sexual relation or the woman is found to be pregnant within that period, the divorce is annulled.

The 3 month period also serves as an opportunity for the couple to reconcile. The man can also revoke the decision during the 3 month period.

If the 3 months expires and none of the above happens, the divorce is official. However, the duo can remarry even after the divorce is official, except the man declares what is known as “Triple talaq,” which means there is no going back on the decision.

Declaring “Triple talaq” at once also makes the split instantaneous.

The Sharia principle dictates that the husband must support the woman until the end of the notice period, or until she has their child.

One of the women Heena Fatima who got married to Syed Fayazuddin in 2013, received a WhatsApp message a few weeks ago that read: Talaq, Talaq, Talaq.

Syed also sent the divorce papers from the U.S.

Syed’s brother Mohammad Abdul Aqeel also sent a WhatsApp message to his wife Mehreen Noor that she had been divorced.

The women are currently fighting back as they have both lodged a complaint at a police station in Hyderabad, India.

Heena, according to reports was quoted as saying: “Sharia law lets you divorce me, but who is going to look after our children? Doesn’t Sharia law ask of you to take care of your children?”

The development has led to Mehreen’s discovery that her husband’s real name is Usman Qureshi.

“I found out after marriage that my husband’s real name is Usman Qureshi. Now, without citing any reason, he has sent me divorce. They (the two brothers) have made marriage a joke,” Mehreen said.

India’s Supreme Court is currently looking into the validity of the “triple talaq” as civil rights groups are saying that religious practices cannot be used to trump women’s rights

Source & Photo Credit: India Today

10 Comments

  1. marlee

    March 8, 2017 at 11:18 am

    can a woman also declare Triple “stupid” Talaq

    • critic

      March 8, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Must you add the word “stupid” ?

    • le coco

      March 8, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      No.. A woman can’t divorce a man just like that.. she needs permission frm a sharia court. Nd they decide whether to grant her the divorce.. so she basically needs to convince them

  2. Nnamdi

    March 8, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Bia, try that one with a Naija geh, odikwa risky

  3. Ekene

    March 8, 2017 at 11:59 am

    E-divorce. Lol

  4. funmilola

    March 8, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    divorce via WhatsApp… unbelievable!

  5. Mum

    March 8, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Did they get married through whatsapp?

  6. BLESSED BEYOND MEASURE

    March 8, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    in this age and time when killing and maiming by an average muslim man or woman is as easy as disposing your toilet paper.all in the name of islam without adequate punishment.i guess e-divorce is absolute ingenious platform and should be legally adopted by responsive and responsible government . especially islam dominated.

  7. Cynthia

    March 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    You got ‘saved’ by verbal confession – old things past away – including killing a human.
    Please allow them say their Triple Talaq…..and amend the Talaq movement to include women. Let the Talaq declaration begin.

  8. Gina

    March 8, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    @Bella please carry out better research when publishing this things, so as not to be seen to be biased or less knowledgeable about things.

    The Talaq will remain INvalid until the men LIVE with the women for the 3 months period carrying out their “husbandly” duties, They must also sleep on the same bed without touching each other.

    So if a man touches his wife during this period the Talaq becomes dormant (divorce is no longer in process).

    You cannot divorce your Wife through the internet, NO. which is why the case is in court, if they had followed through with the proper process it wouldn’t be an issue

    The triple Talaq is not valid when said in succession (i.e. Talaq, Talaq Talaq), The man seeking divorce must go through the Talaq process (mentioned above) all three times, with stricter conditions becoming applicable after each one.

    On the issue of child care and care for the women. The man divorcing his wife has the responsibility of care for all the children he has with her and even care for the woman (in most cases). Islam strongly frowns against fathers abandoning children, there are legal and religious consequences.

    On women divorcing men, it can be done very easily, They can even have the wedding annulled if they can prove that he doesn’t provide for them, if he takes back her dowry (the one he gave to her – not to her parents), and many more.

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