‘To Khul’ a Mockingbird’, or A Woman’s Right to Divorce

‘To Khul’ a Mockingbird’, or A Woman’s Right to Divorce

graphic by Kaighla Um Dayo
graphic by Kaighla Um Dayo

EDITOR’S NOTE: **UPDATED, This piece previously stated that two people who have been divorced by khul cannot be remarried later. It has been brought to our attention that khula is, in fact, not a permanent end between two people, should they wish to reunite later, assuming they draw up a new contract. We sincerely apologize for this mistake. May Allah forgive and guide us all, ameen.**

It was early April and my sister had just left Egypt. We enjoyed a wonderful family vacation to Luxor, Hurghada and the pyramids at Giza– all on her dime.

Something happened inside my heart being with my sister, being in this strange place with another person for the first time ever who really knew and understood me. I gained a new awareness of the true me I had been forced to repress for years. So when my husband began oppressing and neglecting me again after she left, I knew that I had had enough.

This was the final straw in 5.5 years of heaps of emotional, spiritual, mental and financial neglect.

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