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25 Oct 2017

The Different Types of Iddah

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Unfortunately in many of our societies, we are suffering from the issue of multiple families being ripped apart for some reason or another. This is an issue that is causing so many problems in our communities, that they could not possibly be listed here in one sitting. The issue that I wanted to address today, is one that we are asked about quite often, which is that of the iddah period that a woman is required to sit out after begin divorced before the divorce is complete and she is permitted to remarry. We find for some reason or another, that we are told in many classes about the permissability of getting divorced, but not really explained in detail about what takes place, so that it is done in accordance with the Quran and Sunnah. Therefore, we want to take a second to explain one of it’s important issues. 

What is an Iddah Period?

This is the period of time that a woman that is in the process of officially being separated from her husband legislatively, in which she does not remarry. The iddah period leaves open time for the husband and wife to reconcile and continue on with their marriage, as long as it is done before the period has ended. 

What are the types of woman that has an Iddah Period?

  1. The woman that her husband has passed away.
  2. The woman that her husband is still alive.

What are the iddah periods for these types of woman?

  1. The one who’s husband has passed away;
    1. If she is pregnant her iddah period is until she delivers the child.
    2. If she is not pregnant her iddah period is four months and ten days.
  2. The one who’s husband is alive;
    1. If she is pregnant her iddah period is until she delivers the child.
    2. If she is not pregnant her iddah period is;
      1. If she still has her menstrual cycle, three periods of purifying herself after her menses.
      2. If she no longer has here menses, she must wait a period of three months.

An Important Side Note:

A woman that has been divorced after being married, but before the marriage was consummated, has no iddah period that she must observe.

In Conclusion:

Many of us have been through this situation unfortunately, and we will not be the first or last to do so. What we need to do us begin to educate ourselves, our families, and our communities about the reality of this situation so that we do not continue doing things in opposition of the Quran and Sunnah. Yes, this is something that should have been explainded to us some time ago, but now it has. Now that you have this information, it is important that you do not just sit on it anylonger. Rather we must all do our best to share this information with others, so that they too can be aware of the correct path that should be followed with going through this process. 

May Allah protect all of the Muslims from having to go through this at all, but if we do, allow us to do it in the way that He has commanded… Allahuma ameen.

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