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Iddah for old woman.

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Dear Br. Burhan
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JazakAllah Khair for u r effort, may Allah Reward his Rahamah,

My father expired on 06 Nov 06, my mother is in iddah period, i am in Saudi, I want to bring her here with me, she is 76 years old, 3 months Iddah for old women will apply in this case or she has to wait for 4 months 10 days period?

thanks for your guidance



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Iddah for old woman

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Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 234:

234 If any of you die and leave widows behind they shall wait concerning themselves four months and ten days: when they have fulfilled their term there is no blame on you if they dispose of themselves in a just and reasonable manner. And Allah is well acquainted with what ye do.


The age of the widow has absolutely no bearing on the period of ‘iddah’ she is to perform after the death of her husband; regardless of the age of the widow, it is a duty unto her to fulfill the restrictions of ‘iddah’ for a period of four months and ten days.


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