Salaams to all and thank you in advance.

My husband has sent me a letter that says talaak 3 times. This has not been signed by 2 witnesses – is it valid?

Also how long do i have to observe idaat for? I have problems with my health and get menstrual period once every 6 months. Does it still have to be 3 menstrual cycles? I have to support myself financially so is it ok if i work during this period?


wa `alaykum salam,

The husband can divorce his wife verbally or in the written form without having witnesses. Your husband has sent you a letter that says Talaq 3 times. This will count as one Talaq (divorce) as divorce in Islam is phased. You are both given three months to think it over. If he returns to you within the three months you will just continue to live together as husband and wife, but if he does not return within this period the Talaq (divorce) becomes final.

Imam Senad Agic
Head Imam (IABNA)
The Islamic Association of Bosniaks in North America
American Islamic Center – Chicago

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