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Iddah (Waiting Period) of a Widow

Iddah (Waiting Period) of a Widow

2524. If a woman is free and is not pregnant and her husband dies, she should observe the Iddah (the waiting period), which lasts for hour 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).

2525. It is illegal for a woman who is observing the Iddah of death to wear brightly colored dree, or to use the eyeliner and to do any such act which is considered to be an adorment.

2526. 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 as a precaution, if she is pregnant, she should observe the Iddah for divorce for the second husband till she gives birth to a child, and should thereafter observe the Iddah of death for the first husband. But if she is not pregnant, she should first observe the Iddah of death for her first husband and thereafter she should observe the Iddah of divorce for the second husband.

2527. The Iddah of death begins in the situation when the husband has disappeared or is absent, when the wife learns of his death, and not from the time when he actually died. But this rule does not apply to a wife who has not attained the age of puberty, or if she is insane.

2528. If a woman says that her Iddah is over, her word can be accepted unless she is known to be unreliable; in which case, her word will not be accepted. For example, if she claims to have seen blood three times in the month, her claim will not be trusted, except when her women relatives confirm that it is her habit.

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