Islamic instant divorce ‘not legal’ under EU law, says ECJ

A Syrian-born man who divorced his wife in a Sharia court has been told by Europe’s top court that the divorce is not legally valid in Germany, where the former couple now live.

The European Court of Justice said EU countries need not legally recognise divorces not granted by a state court.

Some Muslims believe men can end their marriage instantly by saying “talaq” (divorce) three times.

This is the ECJ’s first ever ruling on the subject.