Verbal divorce undisputed practice since Prophet’s days: Egypt’s Islamic body

Egypt�s top Islamic body has rejected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi�s suggestion for a legislation to ban the practice of Muslim men verbally divorcing their wives, saying it is an �undisputed practice� since the days of Prophet Muhammad.

Verbal divorce undisputed practice since Prophet’s days: Egypt’s Islamic body

Egypt’s top Islamic body has rejected President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s suggestion for a legislation to ban the practice of Muslim men verbally divorcing their wives, saying it is an “undisputed practice” since the days of Prophet Muhammad.

The Council of Senior Clerics in Al-Azhar, the highest authority in Sunni Islam, on Sunday unanimously ruled that verbal divorce, meeting all requirements, has been an “undisputed” practice since the days of the Prophet Muhammad.


However, it said the legislative superior should legislate a deterrent punishment for men who did not or delayed in documenting the verbal divorce.

In a statement, the council said the verbal divorce should meet requirements, including that the man has a sound mind, full consciousness and uses appropriate phrasing.

Addressing the “people” without mentioning the President’s name, the carefully-drafted statement said the man should document the verbal divorce immediately to preserve the rights of the divorcee and children.

The council expressed concern over the soaring divorce cases in Egypt.

According to a recent study by Egyptian Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Centre, divorce cases increased from 7 per cent to 40 per cent in the last 50 years, making Egypt the first in divorce rate worldwide.

Last month, President Sisi had suggested to put a new legislation to invalidate verbal divorce.