After 19 years of marriage, a man named Lukman Abdulaziz recently sought for divorce from his wife Rashidat on the grounds that she detested prayer.
The husband announced his intention to divorce her during an appearance before a Grade I Area Court in Kubwa, Federal Capital Territory, among other things.
He asserted that he had already divorced her in accordance with an Islamic decree, and he was asking the court to do the same.
Abdulaziz also asserted that his wife detested his family, especially his mother. He asserted that although he had invited her to go with him to the village so that she could speak with his mother about various issues, she had declined.
“She does not observe her daily prayers and does not like my family members. I asked her to follow me to the village so that we can resolve issues on why she dislikes my mother and she refused.
“I pronounced divorce to her on June 6 and she has observed her iddah. I am no longer interested in the marriage and have informed her parents,” Abdulaziz told the court.
Rashidat responded by telling the court that on August 27th, her husband had told her that he had not been making love to her for the previous three months because he wanted a divorce.
She added; “He said he would fend for our four children but wanted me to leave his house because he wanted to sell it.
“I told him the house belongs to my children because I built the house with him, it is not his house”.
Based on Islamic law, the marriage ended, and Abdulaziz asked the court to confirm that his wife was no longer married to him
After Abdulaziz offered prayers, Muhammad Adamu, the sitting judge, ruled that the marriage was invalid.
Adamu asserts that a Muslim man may divorce his wife for any grounds he deems suitable.
The judge said that Rashidat had claimed in court that she had followed her “Iddah” in making her testimony.
Rashidat was no longer Abdulaziz’s wife, he told them, and he urged them to set aside some time to discuss raising their four children.
Adamu assured the couple that the court will issue them a divorce certificate.
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