Wisdom divorce ruling of a pregnant wife and iddah

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Assalam Alaikum I want to understand the wisdom behind the ruling of divorcing a pregnant wife and Iddah.
Why has the pregnant divorced women sit for Iddah till child is born even it is well known that who does the child belong to i.e. the father of the child? Because as far as I know the wisdom behind the ruling of Iddah is to make sure of the father of the child or if I'm wrong then please do correct me. I'm confused in this regard. Jazak Allah

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The iddah period after the proclamation of the divorce was made to give the couple a fair chance to reconcile the marriage bond. During this period the believer is commanded to allow the woman to be in the same house, live life normally without putting any hurdles or abuses whatsoever.

If the woman is pregnant, the believer is required to allow her to stay in the house with full services paid by him till she delivers the child. The wisdom behind this law has manifold benefits. It is possible that Allah swt may make the reconciliation possible and melt the hearts when a child is involved. Second is that the woman is not put into any burden of bearing the immediate anxiety of the pending divorce and expenses of her pregnancy.

Nowadays most Muslims kick the poor woman out of the house for nonsensical matters without following the laws laid down by the Quran. These people will have a severe accounting to make before the just court of Allah ajjavajal on that inevitable Day of Judgement.

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