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Iddah if marriage not consummated

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 I wanted to know the islamic ruling regarding iddah in case of divorce when the marriage has not been consummated however I have lived with my husband for a few months. However I had remain separated from my husband 8 months before the divorce was given? 

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If you and your husband have never gone into each other, then there is no Iddah required and the divorce would be in force on the day it is given.

If you are sure you did not have any conjugal relationship with your husband even once then that would mean the marriage was not consummated and divorce will be immediately enforced without the need of any Iddah period.

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