Definition of khula in English:



mass noun
  • (in Islamic law) a form of divorce initiated by the wife, which is effected by the return of her husband's wedding gift.

    Compare with talaq
    • ‘The bright aspect of the mosque is that it will provide an opportunity to women to seek help of their counterparts in cases of divorce, khula, etc.’
    • ‘The right to divorce has been given to the husband as a means of ending the marriage, while a wife is given the right to end the marriage by ‘khula’.’
    dissolution, annulment, official separation, judicial separation, separation, disunion, break-up, split, split-up, severance, rupture, breach, parting
    View synonyms


From Arabic ḵul ‘retreat, renunciation’.