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When does the Iddah of a divorced women who committed Zina end?

Nasihah (Advice): Strive for Paradise

 

Sayyiduna Anas Bin Maalik Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasoolullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam said: “Paradise is surrounded by hardships (to gain its entry) and Hell-Fire is surrounded by temptations (by drawing one towards it).” (Muslim)

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Question and Answer:

 

  1. A divorced woman committed Zina with another man whilst sitting in Iddah and fell pregnant. When does her Iddah end?

 

(Question published as received)

 

  1. The act of adultery is a serious crime that requires both the adulterer and the adulteress to make sincere Taubah and Istighfaar.

 

In the enquired situation, if the woman was observing the Iddah period of divorce and thereafter fell pregnant as a result of adultery, the standard Iddah period of three menstrual cycles will change and the Iddah period will now end only at the birth of the child. (Shaami 3/511 – Fataawa Raheemiyyah 8/426)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

 

Mufti Ismaeel Bassa

Mufti Moosa Salie

 

(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 

 

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