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The 'Irrevocable' Divorce.

Yahya related to me from Malik that he had heard thatUmar ibn al-Khattab had heard in a letter from Iraq thata man said to his wife, "Your rein is on your withers(i.e. you have free rein)." Umar ibn al-Khattab wrote tohis governor to order the man to come to him at Makka atthe time of hajj. While Umar was doing tawaf around theHouse, a man met him and greeted him. Umar asked him whohe was, and he replied that he was the man that he hadordered to be brought to him. Umar said to him, "I askyou by the Lord of this building, what did you mean byyour statement, 'Your rein is on your withers.'?" The manreplied, "Had you made me swear by other than this place,I would not have told you the truth. I intendedseparation by that." Umar ibn al- Khattab said, "It iswhat you intended."