Ruling on cursing one’s children or wife, and does cursing one’s wife count as divorce (talaaq)?


What is the ruling on one who curses his wife or one of his children? Does cursing one’s wife count as divorce or not?

Praise be to Allaah.

Cursing one’s wife is not permitted, and it is not a divorce; she still remains married to him and he has to repent to Allaah for that and seek the forgiveness of the one whom he has cursed.  Similarly, it is not permitted for him to curse his children or anyone else among the Muslims, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Trading insults with a Muslim is evildoing and fighting him is kufr (disbelief).” (Saheeh – agreed upon). And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Cursing a believer is like killing him.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari in his Saheeh).

These two saheeh hadeeths indicate that a Muslim’s cursing his brother is a major sin, so we must beware of that and restrain our tongues from committing this awful sin.

A woman is not divorced if her husband curses her; she is still married to her husband, as stated above.

Kitaab Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah li Samaahat al-Shaykh al-‘Allaamah ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him), vol. 8, p. 398

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