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Ending of iddah

Fatwaa ID: 376

Assalamualaikum. My Father passed away on Sept 8, 2022. That was the 12th of Safar 1444. Is the last day of my Mother’s iddat Jan 15th or Jan 17th, according to which calendar (4 mths & 10 days)?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

May Allaah Ta’aala elevate your father’s status in Jannah. May He grant you and the family sabr jameel.

In principle, the ‘iddah of a widow is 4 months and 10 days if the demise of the husband was on the first of an Islamic month. If the demise was on any other date besides the first, then the ‘iddah will be 130 days. The calculation commences from the time of the demise on that date. In the enquired situation, the ‘iddah of your honorable mother will end on January 15, 2023, at the same time of your father’s demise.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

06/20/1444 AH – 01/13/2023 CE | AMG3-3160

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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