Definition of talaq in English:



mass noun
  • (in Islamic law) divorce effected by the husband's enunciation of the word ‘talaq’, this constituting a formal repudiation of his wife.

    Compare with khula
    • ‘About talaq - the most discussed and misunderstood issue of the community - she said that it is not a question of delivering one or three at a time.’
    • ‘As is well known, a wife does not have the unilateral power of divorce by talaq which a Muslim husband has by long tradition.’
    • ‘Recently, Afsana Mushtaq (name changed) in Delhi became the first Indian woman to be digitally divorced when her husband e-mailed her the triple talaq.’
    • ‘Kusum is peremptorily divorced by her husband who gives her talaq with no qualms.’
    • ‘In the Prophet's time, Nadvi explains, divorce took the form of the husband uttering the word talaq three times, spaced over three consecutive menstrual cycles of the wife.’
    dissolution, annulment, official separation, judicial separation, separation, disunion, break-up, split, split-up, severance, rupture, breach, parting
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From Arabic ṭalaq, from ṭalaqa ‘repudiate’.