"Divorce" [1] (Arabic: الطلاق, aṭ-talāq) is the 65th chapter of the Qur'an with 12 verses (ayat). At-Talaq is not only the name of this Surah but also the title of its subject matter, as it contains commandments about Talaq (divorce) itself.[2] Abdullah ibn Masud (died c.653) reportedly described it as the shorter surah An-Nisa.[3] The surah also defines the time period of mourning (iddah) to be three menstruation periods. For pre-menarche girls and for post-menopause women - three months. In case of pregnancy, after the delivery of the child.[4]

Sura 65 of the Quran
The Divorce
PositionJuzʼ 28
No. of Rukus2
No. of verses12

After addressing the topic of divorce and a number of other resulting family issues[5] in first 7 verses,[6] the surah then strongly urges people to observe God’s regulations and guidance, and reminded the fate of earlier disobedient people that the apostate and disobedient were chastised for their sin.[7] The 11th verse describes the required attitude of the true believers that they exhort to faith in messenger and the regarding bounties.[8] Finally God’s power and knowledge are emphasized at the end.[9]


1-7 Certain limitations to the law of divorce
8-10 The apostate and disobedient chastised for their sin
11 True believers exhorted to faith in Muhammad
12 God hath created the seven heavens[10]

See also


  1. Ibn Kathir. "Tafsir Ibn Kathir (English): Surah Al Talaq". Quran 4 U. Tafsir. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  2. Sayyid Maududi, Tafhim al-Qur'an, Lahore: Islamic Publications, Ltd. (1981)
  3. "65. Surah At Talaq (Divorce) - Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi - Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an".
  4. "Surah 65. At-Talaq".
  6. Sayyid Qutb (d. 1966) Fi Zilal al-Qur'an (In the shades of the Qur'an)
  7. Muhammad Farooq-i-Azam Malik (translator), Al-Qur'an, the Guidance for Mankind - English with Arabic Text
  8. George Sale A Comprehensive Commentary on the Quran CHAPTER LXV.: ENTITLED SURAT AL TALÁQ (DIVORCE)
  9. Iman Mohammad Kashi; Uwe Hideki Matzen & Online Quran Project contributors. "Al-Quran (القرآن) — Online Quran Project — Translation and Tafsir". The Quran. {{cite web}}: |author3= has generic name (help)
  10. Rev. E. M. Wherry, M.A. A Complete Index to Sale's Text, Preliminary Discourse, and Notes
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