Q. A husband said to his wife: “If you ever speak about this subject, it will mean you are divorced.” After some time, the husband wants to retract his statement and allow her to speak on the subject. Will this be permissible? What should he say to retract?
A. A retraction will not be valid. If the wife speaks on the subject, one Talaaq Raj’i will come into effect. Before expiry of her iddat, the husband may reconcile with her without the need to renew the Nikah. However, one Talaaq will always remain. If at any time in future he issues two Talaaqs, then together with this one Talaaq, it will be three which finally and irrevocably terminates the marriage.
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