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Assalaam Alekum Mufti Saheb, My question is about marital spat. If a man and his wife had heated argument and they stopped talking to each other verbal but communicate by email or whats app how long they can continue like that before this situation will affect the validity of their Nikah plz? I understand in such situation their is 4 month period allowed to reconcile after which they have to renew their Nikah. Is it true. Also if one of the espouse is overseas and they won't have chance for physical contact for six months. What happens then. Thank you Mufti Saheb for your response. I beieve this is a very common occurrence among many married couples.

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Assalam u Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah,

The Nikah is not terminated unless the husband has divorced his wife and never revoked the divorce or gave her an irrevocable divorce.

If the husband and wife decide to not talk or have physical relationship for any amount of time, this will not affect the validity of their Nikah. Their Nikah could only be terminated by divorce as mentioned above or by the death.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Ikram ul Haq

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