Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation (2005)

65. Sūrat al-Ṭalāq 1

In the Name of Allah,
the All-beneficent, the All-merciful.

1 O Prophet!
When you 2 divorce women,
divorce them at [the conclusion of] their term 3
and calculate the term,
and be wary of Allah, your Lord.
Do not turn them out from their houses,
nor shall they go out,
unless they commit a gross 4 indecency.5
These are Allah’s bounds,
and whoever transgresses the bounds of Allah
certainly wrongs himself.
You never know
maybe Allah will bring off something new later on.
2 Then, when they have completed their term,
either retain them honourably
or separate from them honourably,
and take the witness of two fair men
from among yourselves,
and bear witness for the sake of Allah.

1 The sūrah takes its name from verse 1 concerning divorce (ṭalāq).

2 That is, Muslim men.

3 See 2:227-233, 33:49,

4 Or ‘proven,’ according to an alternative reading (mubayyanah), instead of mubayyinah).

5 That is, adultery, lesbianism, theft or revilement of the husband and his family. (See Tafsīr al-Ṣāfī, Ṭabarī)

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Ali Quli Qarai, The Qur’ān with a Phrase-by-Phrase English Translation, Islamic College for Advance Studies Press (ICAS), London (Distributed by The Centre for Translation of the Holy Qur’ān, Qom, Iran), Consulted online at “Quran Archive - Texts and Studies on the Quran” on 24 Sep. 2023: