When is it permissible for a wife to ask for divorce through the religious judge? Is it permissible
  • " It is permissible for her to ask for divorce through the religious judge, if her husband refuses to fulfill her marital rights and also refuses to divorce her after the religious judge has ordered him to do one of the two. In such a case, the judge would pronounce the divorced the wife.

    The circumstances in which this could happen are the following:

    a. When the husband refuses to provide for the wife and also refuses to divorce her. This would include the case of a husband who is unable to provide for his wife and also refuses to divorce her.

    b. When the husband harasses the wife, treats her unjustly, and does not behave with her kindly as Almighty Allah has ordained.

    c. When the husband abandons her completely and she becomes like a suspended woman, i.e. neither married nor free to marry.

    As for the case where he does not fully satisfy her sexual needs to an extent that she fears committing the haram, then, based on compulsory precaution, the husband must fulfill her needs or consent to her demand for divorce. However, if he does not do that, then the wife has to bear the situation patiently and wait [for a better future]."