Observe Iddah of divorce.

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)


One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

My sister wants to take Khula and split up. Her husband is working in Dubai and they have not met for past one year. So after the Khula papers are signed and attested by a Qazi, is there any IDDATH period to be observed by my sister? Or can she marry immediately?

Please tell me..it will be a great help..

Jazak Allah Qair 


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Observe Iddah of divorce

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 228:

228    Divorced women shall wait concerning themselves for three monthly periods; nor is it lawful for them to hide what Allah hath created in their wombs if they have faith in Allah and the Last Day.


Respected sister in Islam, regardless of how long a married couple might have chosen to live apart from each other after their marriage….for a divorce to be established in Shariah, it is absolutely obligatory for the woman, who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day, to fulfill her waiting period of ‘iddah’ of three menstruation periods after the divorce has been legally finalized.  It is only after the period of ‘iddah’ has expired that the woman would be deemed free in Shariah Law to marry any eligible believer of her choice. 


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Your brother and well wisher in Islam,






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