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Aslaamualaycum Dear mufti sahib, please reply could you please shed some light on the below. question regarding actual divorce statement and metaphors: 1) If a person has a doubt about divorce. Due to doubt the person thinks that he might have said the word 'divorce' and 'divorced' . And due to this doubt the person tries to remember, recall the time and place he might have said this word. And as he is in deep thinking trying to recall and remember that particular moment/time in the past in his head/mind about this doubt, he finds himself saying the word, 'divorce'' and 'divorced'',verbally to himself without any intention. By saying these words verbally to himself with no intention Would that count as a divorce? He has and had no intention of any divorce. Jazaqllah

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If such words are not directed toward his wife then it would not be considered divorce.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Ikram ul Haq

Fatwa Center of America