Message No : 3Sr.No : 118/722
Question By : chun

Mufti sahab,
1) If a working lady whether she be a teacher or working in a profession say a doctor does not observe Iddat whether she is 30 yrs. old or 40 & above,& she is not pregnant is she a sinner? What is the punishment & if observes,what is the reward? Also if she has to run the house with her earnings & none to help financially?
2)If a lady becomes a widow at the age of 70yrs old, has she to observe Iddat too?
3) In Iddat period if the widow falls sick & operation is neeeded or to show herself to the doctor,then what is the answer?


Reply By : Mohd. Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah the All Gracious the All Merciful
Assalamo Alaikum
Dear Sister in Islam,
The answer of your question is as follows:

1. Please follow the Answer given under Msg No 3, SR, No 122/117 under same subject.

A widow is not allowed to go out of her home during her Iddah. It is the moral responsibility of the relatives to manage her livelihood if she needs. But if there is none to help and provide her livelihood then she is allowed to go out for this purpose only in daytime and stay at home in the night. (Shami V: 2 P: 673)

2) It is Wajib (necessary to follow) for every wife, whether young or old, whose husband has passed away leaving her behind widow to observe the Iddah of widowhood. Allah almighty says in the Glorious QurĄŻaan: If any of you die and leave widows behind; they shall wait concerning themselves four month and ten daysĄ­Ą± (Surtul-Baqrah 2: V: 234)

3) A widow is not allowed to go out of her home without any prescribed reason. If she falls ill and needs to see doctor or operation is needed, then she is allowed to go out for this in the nearest hospital for minimum required time. (Shami V: 2 P: 674)

Allah knows the be

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