پنجشنبه: 1403/03/24

‘Iddah (waiting period) of a woman whose husband has died


2526. A woman, whose husband dies and is not pregnant, she should observe ‘Iddah (the waiting period) for four months and ten days, that is, she should not marry during that period even if she has entered into menopause or her husband had contracted temporary marriage with her, or he may not have had sexual intercourse with her.
If, however, she is pregnant, she should observe the waiting period till the birth of the child. But if the child is born before the end of four months and ten days from the death of her husband, she should wait till the expiry of that period. This period is called the waiting period after death (‘Iddatul Wafat).

2527. It is Haraam for a woman who is observing the ‘Iddah of death to wear brightly colored dress, or to use kohl and to do any such act which is considered to be an adornment.

2528. If a woman becomes certain that her husband has died, and marries another man after the completion of ‘Iddah of death, and later on learns that her husband had


died later, she should separate herself from her second husband.
And if she is pregnant, she should observe ‘Iddah of divorce for the second husband till she gives birth to a child, and should thereafter observe ‘Iddah of death for the first husband. But if she is not pregnant, she should first observe ‘Iddah of death for her first husband and thereafter she should observe ‘Iddah of divorce for the second husband. And the beginning of the ‘Iddah of death will be from when she got the correct news about the death of her first husband.

2529. The ‘Iddah of death begins, when the wife learns about the death of her husband.

2530. If a woman says that her ‘Iddah is over, her word can be accepted with two conditions:

  1. That she is not known to be unreliable.
  2. That so much of time passes from the divorce or the death of her husband that it could be said that she possibly has completed the period of ‘Iddah.





Thursday / 13 June / 2024