Spike in divorce rates and halting its rise


بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

▪️Spike in divorce rates and halting its rise▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

📩 Question:

The questioner says: We are shocked at the rise in divorce rates these days; as soon as a slight difference arises between a man and his wife, they rush to divorce. What is your advice – may Allah bless you?

📝 Answer:

Undoubtedly, divorce is something which brings much joy to Shaytan, and he strives very hard in this cause – as Muslim reported from the Hadeeth of Jabir ibn Abdillah, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Prophet ﷺ said:

‘Iblees places his throne on the water; he then sends detachments (for creating Fitnah); the closest to him in rank are those who create the most Fitnah. One of them comes and says: “I did so and so.” And he says: “You have done nothing.” Then another one comes and says: “I did not spare him until I separated between him and his wife.” Iblees says: “You have done well,” then he embraces him.’

So this brings great joy to the devils, hence why they pursue this matter so keenly.

Therefore, the best way to prevent divorce is to drive shaytan away, and the greatest means to drive him away is to:

  • remember Allah frequently
  • fulfill the obligations
  • preserve one’s Eeman (faith) and Tawheed (monetheism)
  • offer the five daily prayers and being regular in all the other duties of Islam
  • being constant in the remembrance of Allah, as this protects a person from shaytan, by Allah’s permission
  • stay away from sins, for indeed sins destroy a person – especially major sins.

So it’s incumbent that a person fears Allah with regards to his actions and stays away committing major sins; wrongdoing, oppression etc.

One must take himself to account, because these affairs are a reason for Shaytan to gain an upper hand; frequent sin and transgression are a major cause for Shaytaan’s dominance, as well as a person becoming distant from his deen and his heart becoming hard.

So we must fulfill the duties set out by Allah by fulfilling the obligations set out in our religion, and we must fear Allah and keep away from sins and wrongdoing. If we do this – then by Allah’s permission – we will be saved from many of these afflictions, including the affliction of divorce.

May Allah grant everyone success.


Translated by:
Abu Ishaq Muhammad Ibn Ahmad Ba Alawi

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