Yahya related to me from Malik from Hisham ibn Urwa thathis father said, "It used to be that a man would divorcehis wife and then return to her before her idda was over,and that was alright, even if he divorced her a thousandtimes. The man went to his wife and then divorced her andwhen the end of her idda was in sight, he took her backand then divorced her and said, 'No! By Allah, I will notgo to you and you will never be able to marry again.'Allah, the Blessed, the Exalted, sent down, 'Divorce istwice, then honourable retention or setting free kindly.'People then turned towards divorce in a new light fromthat day whether or not they were divorced or notdivorced."