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Clerics ponder email divorce

Postby Angie G » 04 Nov 04, 12:30 am

A Muslim man has attempted to divorce his wife - by email.
Rahat Iqbal, a Muslim man living in the US, sent the email to his wife Rubab back home in India.
Rubab is challenging the email divorce and the case has sparked controversy in the Muslim community in northern India. The couple married in 1998 and lived together in Bareilly for just a month before he left for the US, promising to send for her within 20 days. But Rubab was kept waiting for six years until she received the email saying 'talaq', Arabic for 'I divorce thee', three times. Islamic clerics are considering the validity of the divorce. Most say the email would at least have to be authenticated for the divorce to go through.

Prominent cleric Maulana Khalid Rashid told the Hindustan Times that the husband would have to telephone the wife to confirm the email was from him. Another, Akhtar Raza Khan, ruled that the "divorce should be handwritten and the wife should recognize the handwriting". However, Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad decreed the email divorce "absolutely illegal", the paper said.
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