If you’ve thrown a few down the hatch and in a fit of inebriation uttered the word talaq to your spouse, can you wriggle off the hook by claiming that you really were not in your senses? Definitely not, if the Darul Uloom-Deoband has its way.
The same goes for an sms that you may have drafted but not sent. So what God has joined together, the Darul appears determined to do apart. This is a new innovation akin to getting hitched at Gretna Green devised by the wise men of the Darul to go one better on the Sharia that gives you a grace period in which to change your mind. Let’s hope the Darul trend does not catch on. For how many times have some among us informed the television-watching, beer-drinking spouse that we are off, even carrying out that threat for a few days? The idea is that the repentant spouse will appear, flowers in hand, and woo you back. But what if he or she were to say, to mangle Groucho Marx, ‘fine, you may leave in a huff, or you may leave in a taxi.’ The whole movie industry that thrives on tearful spousal reconciliations would collapse. And kiss and make up would become hiss and make off.
The morale of the story is that you must weigh your words far more carefully because much of what you say could be used against you. The other is that you better stay off the sauce if you feel a little simmer of resentment against the spouse. And the last is that you just ignore the Darul and get on with your daru, and hope that your spouse who never took you seriously anyway will not do so whatever your state of intoxication.