Triple talaq

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The triple talaq is a mechanism for divorce which exists in Sunni and its associated forms of Islam, while rejected by the Shia Muslims. It simply consists of the husband saying the phrase I divorce you (Arabic:talaq) to the wife, three times.

Legal status

The practice is banned by law in many nations, including Turkey, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Iran, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. (Most of these countries are Sunni dominated regions.)

Indian Courts do not hold any talaq without arbitration and reconciliation as valid talaq.

Different Islamic views on triple talaq

Some Sunnis prefer a similar method of divorce, in which the three talaq statements are said at three intervals, during three successive menstrual cycle of the wife, provided no sexual relations have taken place between the couple. This is considered legally acceptable by some Sunni religious authorities. Both these Sunnis and Shi'as have very similar views in that respect.

Shi'as have a very dim view of this practice since they believe it makes a mockery of the principles and aim of both nikah and talaq, and is un-Quranic. Shi'a believe that a talaq procedure is not completed until the end of the Iddah. Repeating "talaq" during that period means nothing more than expressing the determination to fulfill the procedure and therefore bears no juridical consequences. In other words, it is the procedure that counts, not the actual words. Moreover shi'as hold that reconciliation during the iddah...
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