Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said that Bukayr ibn Abdullah al-Ashajj informed him that Muawiya ibn Abi Ayyash al-Ansari told him that he was sitting with Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr and Asim ibn Umar ibn al-Khattab when Muhammad ibn Iyas ibn al-Bukayr came up to them and said, “A man from the desert has divorced his wife three times before consummating the marriage, what do you think?” Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr said “This is something about which we have no statement. Go to Abdullah ibn Abbas and Abu Hurayra. I left them with A’isha. Ask them and then come and tell us.” He went and asked them. Ibn Abbas said to Abu Hurayra, “Give an opinion, Abu Hurayra! A difficult one has come to you.” Abu Hurayra said, “One pronouncement separates her and three makes her haram until she has married another husband.” Ibn Abbas said the like of that.
Malik said, “That is what is done among us, and when a man marries a woman who has been married before, and he has not had intercourse with her, she is treated as a virgin – one pronouncement separates her and three make her haram until she has married another husband.”