Islamic Divorce by Text Message

You may remember reading in July about a notorious case, in which a Muslim man in Malaysia was allowed to divorce his wife by sending her a text message. This practice, involving the husband’s telling the wife “I divorce you” three times, goes by the name “Triple Talaq” and is apparently a corruption of Islamic law. Here’s a brief article about it on To properly understand the phenomenon in context, make sure you read the comments.

The news coverage is sketchy and hard to find, but apparently the government of Malaysia is reviewing and may have revoked the July decision.