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 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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    dissolution, annulment, official separation, judicial separation, separation, disunion, break-up, split, split-up, severance, rupture, breach, parting
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From Arabic ḵul ‘retreat, renunciation’.