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Husband Cheated with a Prostitute: Shall I Seek Divorce?

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May 27, 2018

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As-salamu `Alaikum.

I've been married for more than a year. Since the beginning of my marital relationship, I have problems with my husband. Being engaged, we understood each other pretty well and, as far as I am concerned, I don't remember any fights. My husband is a convert. Before Islam, he had many girlfriends, but then he converted to Islam and just one year after his conversion we got married. We made the Islamic marriage and one month after we were going to do the civil one.

But 2 weeks before the civil marriage, I got to know that he cheated on me with a prostitute. He told me that he didn't want to go further; she pleased him with hand, nothing more. Anyway, he told me about it, and I wanted to leave him, but in that time his mom helped a lot to save the marriage and he promised not to do it again and repented from his sin. The following month, I had to leave our house for 4 days, and when I got back, I found his internet history was full of porn and advertisement for sex. I got really angry. He said he had to do it in order not to cheat on me. After one year, I find it difficult to live with him and his habit. What should I do?

Our marriage is about infidelity and fighting every 3 days; there was also some kind of physical abuse (he kicked me). His jealousy, accusations, and suspicion make me crazy. I've made Istikhara many times, but it still seems the same, nothing has changed.

Should I divorce him and seek someone more religious, with qualities like faithfulness, to live my life with? I am still young. Or should I stay with him trying to fix it and help him be more concerned about religion? Jazzaku Allahu khayran.

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Husband Cheated with a Prostitute: Shall I Seek Divorce?

In this counseling answer:

• Martial counseling will help both of you talk about how your current situation is affecting both of you.

• You need to ask yourself and your gut whether this marriage is worth fighting for.


As-Salam ‘Alaikum dear sister,  

It seems you’ve been going through a difficult marital life. I’m sorry to hear that you are so stressed and overwhelmed with all of this.

From your question, I understand that you are currently living separately from your husband. Given the information you have provided, such as some physical and emotional abuse, I do believe you made the right choice to live separately for the moment. The most important factor here is your safety; you must do what you need to in order to be safe. I know this may be very difficult for you, but hopefully, by the time you complete reading my response, you will have some idea of what direction you would like to take.

You mentioned that your husband cheated on you shortly after you had an Islamic marriage. Then he continually engaged in watching porn and advertising for sex on the internet. He did initially repent his mistake but ended up doing it again.

With limited information provided in this question, I cannot make a diagnosis or a confirmed statement. What I can say is what might be the case. I’m sure you have heard of addictions. There can be several different kinds of addictions, such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc.

Another kind of addiction is sex addiction; people who have uncontrollable urges and a repeated pattern of hypersexual behaviors which includes compulsive masturbation, compulsive sexual activity, etc. This could occur due to a number of different reasons. The cause is something we would have to deeply look into as it is not obvious. It could be a symptom of another underlying psychological condition, or it could be due to some other distress. It may also be due to his own personal desires and fantasies that he believes he will not be able to satisfy at home.

Now the question is what to do next? You need to ask yourself and your gut whether this marriage is worth fighting for. If you believe that there is a chance that things will get better between both of you, then I strongly recommend seeking marital counseling.

Martial counseling will help both of you talk about how your current situation is affecting both of you. It is a non-threatening way to voice your needs and feelings. If even after a few months of marital counseling you don’t see any change that promises a brighter future, you need to make your final decision. Perhaps, it will be ending this marriage and beginning a new life and new search for a more compatible partner. Marital counseling will help you make a sound and logical decision from the mind and not the heart about how to go about this situation.

At the end of your marital counseling, you will have either decided to end the marriage for the sake of both you and your husband’s happiness or stay in the marriage for the sake of both you and your husband’s happiness. Keep in mind I mentioned in both sentences “you and your husband’s happiness”. Marriage is not about only one person’s happiness; you both need to be happy to be in it, otherwise, something needs to change.

You need to ask yourself what the most important thing for you in a marriage is. If you are not getting that from your current marriage, you need to discuss it with your husband and a counselor. Your mother-in-law is very kind and tried to help save the marriage; however, as a parent, she is doing her job, but you and your husband are living this life every day.

My understanding of Istikhara is that once you perform the prayer, life, or rather Allah (swt), takes you in a certain direction automatically. You find yourself feeling a certain way and making certain choices. For example, your message to us may be one of those directions Allah (swt) is guiding you by, as part of your Istikhara.

I hope this response was helpful in helping you make the right decision for your life.

Salam,

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Disclaimer: The conceptualization and recommendations stated in this response are very general and purely based on the limited information provided in the question. In no event shall AboutIslam, its counselors or employees be held liable for any damages that may arise from your decision in the use of our services.

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About Hwaa Irfan

Late Hwaa Irfan, may her soul rest in peace, served as consultant, counselor and freelance writer. Her main focus was on traditional healing mechanisms as practiced in various communities, as opposed to Western healing mechanisms.

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