Woman in Iddat Leaving House to Visit Mother

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Nur asked 1 month ago

Assalamualaykum Mufti Saheb..

A woman’s husband passes away. She is at present in Iddath.

Her mother is 92 years old and completely incapable of moving.

Will it be permissable for the woman in Iddath to go and visit her mother who lives 7/8 kilometres away?

1 Answers
Mufti Wahaaj Staff answered 1 month ago

بسم الله الرحمٰن الرحيم

الجواب حامداً ومصلياً

As-salāmu ʿalaykum wa-raḥmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is permissible for a woman who is performing her ʿiddah due to the death of her husband to visit her elderly mother provided that she returns home before half of the night has passed. It is not permissible for her to spend the night at any other house besides her place of residence.[1]

Please note, this ruling is in regard to a woman who is performing ʿiddah due to the death of her husband. The rules for a woman performing ʿiddah due to divorce differ. If information is needed regarding that, please submit a different query.

والله تعالى أعلم وعلمه أتم وبه التوفيق
And Allāh Taʿālā Knows Best

Muftī Mohammed Wahaajuddin bin Salauddin
(May Allāh forgive him and his parents)

[1]

رد المحتار، كتاب الطلاق، فصل في الحداد، ج١٠ ص٣٦٥، دار الثقافة والتراث؛ ج٣ ص٥٣٦، سعيد

في الدر المختار: (ومعتدة موت تخرج في الجديدين وتبيت) أكثر الليل (في منزلها)

وفي الشامية: ولهذا بعدما أطلق في كافي الحاكم منع خروج المطلقة قال: والمتوفى عنها زوجها تخرج بالنهار لحاجتها ولا تبيت في غير منزلها، فهذا صريح في الفرق بينهما، نعم عبارة المتون يوهم ظاهرها ما قاله في البحر، فلو قيدوا خروجها بالحاجة كما فعل في الكافي لكان أظهر