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The Option (of Slave-Girls Married to Slaves when Freed)

Yahya related to me that Malik heard Ibn Shihab say,"When a man gives his wife the right of choice, and shechooses him, that is not divorce."

Malik added, "That is the best of what I have heard."

Malik said that if a woman who had been given the rightof choice by her husband chose herself, she was divorcedtrebly. If her husband said, "But I only gave her theright of choice in one," he had none of that. That wasthe best of what he had heard.

Malik said, "If the man gives his wife the right ofchoice and she says, 'I accept one', and he says, 'I didnot mean that, I have given the right of choice in allthree together,' then if she only accepts one, sheremains with him in her marriage, and that is notseparation if Allah, the Exalted wills."