Intending a divorce but not verbally saying it

Q. I intended giving my wife a divorce but I did not verbally say it. Is my Nikah valid or not?

A. The mere intention of a divorce does not constitute a divorce.

Hence, if a husband intends issuing a divorce to his wife without issuing it verbally or in writing, the marriage is valid and husband and wife are legally married in Islam.

Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa