Iddah of deceased in another country

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:

Respected brother i have a question regarding iddat.My question is that my father-in-law died while he was visiting my brother-in-law,they buried him in the same country according to his wishes,now my mother-in-law want to go back to her house and complete her iddat there in pakistan.What is your opinion according to the sayings and instructions of holy quran and sunnah. 


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Iddah of deceased in another country

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 no one (no idol,  no person,  no grave, no prophet,  no imam,  no dai,  nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


If a person dies while he is traveling or not in his land or country,  and his wife is accompanying him;  there is absolutely no harm and no restriction in Islam if the widow in ‘iddah’ wants or decides to travel to her home country to complete the period of ‘iddah’.   The period of ‘iddah’ starts at the death of her husband and lasts for four months and ten days from the date of the husband’s death.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,






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