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article imageDivorce by Text Message

By KJ Mullins     Jan 3, 2008 in Technology
Could it be possible that Iqbal Abul Nasr is divorced by text message? The Egyptian woman received a text message telling her she was divorced by her husband. Now it's up to a courtroom to decide if divorce by text is valid with sharia.
"I divorce you because you didn't answer your husband"
The message came after the woman missed a call from her husband on her mobile phone. According to sharia( Islamic law) men do not have to go to court to file for divorce. All it takes under this law for a man to divorce his wife is for him to make a unilateral declaration of divorce and repeat it three times.
Abul Nasr did receive three text messages from her husband. The engineer then sought for a legal decision from family court on the status of her marriage.
If the court approves the divorce it will be the first time in Egypt that a SMS message is all it takes to finish a marriage. This is a highly debated subject throughout the Muslim world. In Malaysia divorce by text is banned. In Egypt a couple files for divorce every six minutes.
Gee, it the rest of the world could do this divorce lawyers would be crying in their beer.
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