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Second Wife: He Divorced Me Out of Fear

17 March, 2020
Q I am a second wife and have a child with my husband. He was forced to divorce me by his brothers and his first wife. They threatened him that they would tell his mother that he has a second wife and she would disown him. He signed a paper but said he had no intention to divorce me. I did not know of the divorce until after they had done this.

My husband gave me no papers but about a week later something was sent to me. My husband told me to tear it and throw it away as it meant nothing and that he had no intention of leaving me.

After he did what his first wife and his brother wanted from him, they told his mother anyway. Now I don't know if I am married or not.

I have done nothing wrong to warrant a divorce. His family stopped my husband from seeing our child. They watch every move of his. His family made him promise to never see me again. He is fearful of being cursed by his mother. I am still standing by him as I should because he told me I was still his wife. I don't know what to do. I love my husband and will not go against his word. I need help in this matter as I cannot leave him and he cannot leave me


In this counseling answer:

• Marriages in Islam are not secrets.

• Please make sure that the next man you consider for marriage is one of honorable character and follows Islam.

• Move on with your life, in sha’ Allah. Seek solace in your Muslim sisters, draw closer to Allah (swt) through prayer, reading Qur’an, and doing dhzikr.

As-Salamu ’Alaykum dear sister,

I am sad to hear about your situation with your husband. There are so many things in your story that are difficult to accept.

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First of all, as you know, your marriage by Islamic law is to be made public. Marriages in Islam are not secrets.

Secondly, your husband should have discussed his marriage to you with his first wife and then it would have been up to her to accept it or divorce him.

Your husband’s wife and his brothers, or even his mother for that matter, can not force him to divorce you. But, whether out of fear, weakness, or whatever reason, he chose to.

These situations are sadly common, leaving the families shattered. You now are a single mom and your child has to suffer as well for your (x) husband’s poor decisions and weak character.

Second Wife: He Divorced Me Out of Fear - About Islam

Sister, while what is done is done, please, in sha’ Allah, take this lesson and learn from it.

Not all who claim to follow Islam actually do, and sadly cultural believes get inter-twined with Islam, distorting what is to be followed.

We seek to please our families, but we seek to please Allah (swt) first which your husband failed to do. I am sorry that you and your daughter were victims of this.

In the future, dear sister, please make sure that the next man you consider for marriage is one of honorable character and follows Islam. Not one who is weak and unstable succumbing to the demands of a family.

I kindly suggest, dear sister, that you move on with your life, in sha’ Allah. Seek solace in your Muslim sisters, draw closer to Allah (swt) through prayer, reading Qur’an, and doing dhzikr. These things will help ease the hurt and pain and aid in healing your heart.

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This life is full of tests and trials but, in sha’ Allah, they make us stronger.

I have full confidence in you sister that both you and your daughter will be okay and that Allah (swt) will bless your efforts regarding wanting a righteous Islamic marriage. Allah (swt) is the Most Merciful.

Also, sister, please submit your question to our ’Ask the Scholar’ section or their upcoming live session to make sure you are, indeed, divorced (as your husband divorced you without your knowledge, which I am not sure it was even legal) and what your rights are in such situation.

You are in our prayers sister. Please let us know how you are doing.



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About Aisha Mohammad
Aisha has a PhD in psychology, an MS in public health and a PsyD. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years at Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York. She has worked with clients with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, panic disorder, trauma, and OCD. She also facilitated support groups and provided specialized services for victims of domestic violence, HIV positive individuals, as well youth/teen issues. Aisha is certified in Mindfulness, Trauma Informed Care, Behavioral Management, Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and Confidentiality & Security. Aisha is also a Certified Life Coach, and Relationship Workshop facilitator. Aisha has a part-time Life Coaching practice in which she integrates the educational concepts of stress reduction, mindfulness, introspection, empowerment, self love and acceptance and spirituality to create a holistic healing journey for clients. Aisha is also a part of several organizations that advocates for prisoner rights/reentry, social & food justice, as well as advocating for an end to oppression & racism. In her spare time, Aisha enjoys her family, photography, nature, martial arts classes, Islamic studies, volunteering/charity work, as well as working on her book and spoken word projects.