Query: Assalam o elaikum, A person was chatting with his wife on WhatsApp. He sent an emoji to his wife. the emoji was a boy firing with his pistol. soon after sending the said emoji the person in his head started imagining saying divorce with every bullet the emoji character fired. While he was busy in these thoughts his wife say the emoji and responded with a similar one.
Now the person is very confused that does it count as divorce? by any chance or by any means the emoji firing bullets from pistol can count as kinayah (illusive) form of divorce? of did the person by thinking in his head with the emoji firing bullets about saying divorce with every bullet to his wife really gave divorce.
One thing must be noted that the person sent the emoji without any intentions of divorce, however after sending he started thinking as such as soon after the wife saw the messages (as seen by the blue ticks on WhatsApp).
Now he is unsure weather this emoji counts as illusive form of divorce?
Answer: Whispers about divorce
Wa ‘alaykum assalamu warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.
Thank you for contacting us and we ask Allah to protect you from shaytan and his evil whisperings and promptings and to keep shaytan’s planning and plotting away from you.
Know, my dear brother, that this is all waswasah from shaytan which has no consideration, and one is obliged to ignore, stay away from and not entertain at all. This is the very cure for waswasah, that is, to ignore it, not entertain it and not pay it any attention, as Ibn Hajar al-Haythami informs us in his al-Fatawa al-Kubra when he was asked about the ailment of waswasah whether it has a cure, “It has a very useful cure: Ignoring it completely and sufficiently… because when a person does not pay any attention to it, then it does not become rooted and established, in fact, it goes away after a short while, as is the experience of those who have done so successfully), and Allah knows best.
This is all waswasah from shaytan which has no consideration and which one is obliged to ignore, stay away from and not entertain at all. This is the very cure for waswasah, that is, to ignore it, not entertain it and not pay it any attention, and Allah knows best.
Sources: General Authority of Islamic Affairs & Endowments – UAE