A court in Saudi Arabia has ruled that an angry text message sent by a husband to his wife proclaiming himself divorced is binding. The man said he was just mad and did not mean it but the wife was thrilled and insisted that she was now free. The Court agreed that the SMS is a binding divorce in the Kingdom.
As the article below notes, this is not the first such Islamic divorce attempted by text message. However, in Malaysia, an Islamic court fined a politician for attempting such a SMS divorce. The words must be uttered in an Islamic court.
For those Saudi spouses looking to minimize time in texting divorces, here are a few short but binding messages.
FWIW We’re Divorced
OT I’m now single.
LYLAS but not as a wife