Can a Woman Return to her First Husband after Two Divorces?

18th February 2020


السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته 

Question: A woman received two divorces from her husband and completed her iddah (no rujoo). The following year both she and her ex-husband remarried without marrying anyone else in the interim. How many divorces does the husband return with for talaq mughalladha to occur, 3 or 1 (continuing from the previous 2)?

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In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful



Thank you for your above question. In the case where the wife remarries her former husband without marrying anyone else in the interim, then the husband returns with only one divorce if he previously issued two divorces. The husband will not return with full three divorces as there was no muhallil (second husband) who ended any form of prohibition or previously issued divorces.[1]


[Allāh Knows Best]


Written by:  Apa Sajeda        Reviewed by: Mufti Abdul Waheed

Attested by: Shaykh Mufti Saiful Islam

JKN Fatawa Department


[1] Al-Mughni, Kitaab al Rujat, v7 , pg 515

وَإِنْ رَغِبَ مُطَلِّقُهَا فِيهَا فَهُوَ خَاطِبٌ مِنْ الْخُطَّابِ يَتَزَوَّجُهَا بِرِضَاهَا بِنِكَاحٍ جَدِيدٍ وَتَرْجِعُ إلَيْهِ بِطَلْقَتَيْنِ وَإِنْ طَلَّقَهَا اثْنَتَيْنِ ثُمَّ تَزَوَّجَهَا رَجَعَتْ إلَيْهِ بِطَلْقَةٍ وَاحِدَةٍ بِغَيْرِ خِلَافٍ بَيْنَ أَهْلِ الْعِلْمِ

Raddul Muhtar ala Durril Mukhtar, Kitab al Sulah. V5, pg 633 

قَوْلُهُ: وَكَانَ خُلْعًا) ظَاهِرُهُ أَنَّهُ يَنْقُصُ عَدَدُ الطَّلَاقِ فَيَمْلِكُ عَلَيْهَا طَلْقَتَيْنِ لَوْ تَزَوَّجَهَا بَعْدُ،.