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Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing on behalf of my friend. She is in a bad predicament and needs urgent advice. She has asked me to send an email to yourselves and has asked if there is a solution to her problem.

Her family have been pushing her to marry a guy who proposed to the family some moths ago. She met him, spoke with him and decided she did not want to marry him. But the family disagreed wioth her decision and started to put pressure on her. This went on for months and there was a lot of emotional blackmail. In the end she was very confused and in order to please her family and stop the arguments, she said yes to the nikkah.

The day after the nikkah she realised she had made a big mistake and for the rest of her life she would regret this decision. They have been living separately since the nikkah. She wants to get a divorce and would like to know if there is such a thing as annulment in Islam? If not, what other options does she have?

Also, does this emotional blackmail and psychological games count as forcing?

Sorry, forgot to add one thing: she has spoken to him and told him she is unhappy and asked him for a divorce. He refused point blank and said she will stay like this forever and he will not give her talaq. Must she suffer for the rest of her life?

Thank you,
Zulekha.

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BRIEF BIO Shaikh Shafayat was born, in Trinidad, West Indies, where he attended College etc.. Due to his multi-faith and cultural upbringing, he was awarded a scholarship to become a Christian Minister. In 1975 he went to India to study Islam and became the first student from the Caribbean and North America to have enrolled in Darul Uloom Deoband, which is the largest and oldest Islamic Institute in India. In addition to graduating as a Qaari and Islamic Scholar, he also did a course in Journalism and established the Al Hikmat Muslim Magazine, plus he produced many television and radio programs in Trinidad and Florida USA. In 1983 he founded the National Muslim Sports League of Trinidad and Tobago, which established the Islamic Home for Children. He is the Founder/Principal of Darul Uloom Institute in Pembroke Pines Florida and the first Muslim to become President of the Interfaith Council of South Florida in the year 2002. He organized and conducted many Christian / Muslim / Jewish Dialogues in Churches, Synagogues and Islamic Centers in the U.S.A.. Shaikh Shafayat was the first Muslim to represent Islam at a Florida State Faith Summit, held at the Capitol Building with Gov. Jeb Bush in the year 2000. He is a recipient of the Silver Medallion Award from NCCJ (a national interfaith organization) and a recipient of the Peacemaker Award from St. Thomas University in Miami. For many years he lectured on Islam and terrorism to Pembroke Pines Police of South Florida and other Law Enforcement Officers. He lectures throughout the U.S.A. and worldwide on Islam, Interfaith Issues and Cultural Diversity.

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