|Impotence Permits One to Seek a Divorce|
|Fiqh: Islamic Jurisprudence - Marriage|
|Written by Muhammad Ibn Salih Al-Uthaymeen|
Question: A woman was married for many years and did not have any children. After an examination, it was determined that the problem was from her husband and it would be impossible for the two of them to have children. Does she have the right to seek a divorce?
Response: That woman has a right to ask for divorce from her husband if it is shown that the infertility problem is from him alone. If he divorces her, that is final. If he does not divorce her, a judge may dissolve her marriage. This is because the woman has the right to have children and many women do not even get married except to have children. If the man she is married to is impotent or sterile, she has the right to ask for divorce and have her marriage dissolved. This is the stronger opinion among the scholars.
Shaikh ibn Uthaimin
Islamic Fatawa Regarding Women - Darussalam Pg.223-224
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