Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said: “Verily Iblees places his throne on the waters of the ocean. Then he dispatches his troops to lead people astray. Thereafter from amongst them the closest to him in rank is the one who causes the greatest mischief. One of them comes and says, ‘I have done such and such’, so Iblees says, ‘You have done nothing so great’. Then another one comes and says ‘I did not leave him until I caused a separation between him and his wife’, so Iblees brings him closer to him and says, ‘Yes, you (have done an excellent thing)’ and he embraces him.” (Saheeh Muslim #7105 & #7106)
A divorce is not the mere separation of a husband and wife, rather it often leads to a break up of two families that were once so close to each other. It opens the doors of backbiting, slander and hatred on a collective basis which adds to the severity of these sins. More than the couple, it is the children that suffer the most. An Ummah for which Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) strove so hard to put together, is casually broken into pieces over petty day to day differences. May Allah Ta‘ala protect us all, aameen.