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Woman in Iddat going for family functions?

Nasihah (Advice): Sayyiduna Thaubaan (Radiyallahu Anhu) reports that the Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: “Whoever recites the following Dua every morning and evening, Allah will ensure his happiness:


رَضِيْتُ بِاللهِ رَبًّا، وَبِالْإِسْلاَمِ دِيْنًا، وَبِمُحَمَّدٍ نَبِيًّا

Transliteration: Radheetu Billaahi Rabba wa Bil Islaami Deena wa Bi Muhammadin Nabiyya

Translation: I am pleased with Allah as my Lord, with Islam as my religion and Muhammed (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) as my prophet (Tirmizi, Hadith #: 3389)




Question and Answer:


Q. My sister recently got divorced and she is in iddat. Can she come with us for family functions and when we go out?


(Query published as received)


A. She should remain within the confines of her home during the Iddah period and she cannot go out without necessity. She will be sinful for leaving the home unnecessarily. Visiting family and going out for leisure during the Iddah is not permissible.



And Allah Knows Best


Mufti Suhail Tarmahomed



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