Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Qur'an Surah 65: Divorce

The following is from a work-in-progress called The Qur'an: a Book Report, in which I read each surah of the Qur'an and write about what I learn.

This is a Medinan surah which (as you might expect from the title) sets down some regulations for divorce, which are as follows:

1.) When a man divorces a woman, she must wait at least three months (or three menstrual cycles) before she can re-marry.

2.) Two witnesses must observe the divorce.

3.) If the woman is pregnant, the husband must care for her until she gives birth.

4.) If the woman is caring for other children that are the father's, he must provide for them.

5.) Husbands and wives are encouraged to consult with one another, and not create unnecessary hardship for one another.

These regulations are given added weight, as they are the command of the Lord.  Those who do not obey them will be punished (in this life and the next); conversely, those who obey them will be rewarded (in this life and the next).

This is Arabic calligraphy of the first ayat (verses) of surah 65.

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