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‘Iddah of a divorcee with irregular periods

Fatwaa ID: 2216

السلام علیکم ورحمة الله وبركاته
Hope Mufti Saheb is well with the mercy and blessings of Allah…
I message needing urgent help with a mas’alah and fatwah regarding haidh, talaq and iddah combined.

A person is 48 years old and does not get a proper haidh (on a monthly basis). She sometimes gets every 2 months or some months every 15 days.
The haidh for the last few months has been as follows:
October 2023: 29 took ghusl
Nov nothing
Dec 9th (spotted) and then normal haidh and on 17th took ghusl
Jan nothing
Last haidh 3rd 9th Feb (ghusl)

Monday, on the 11 March at around 10 am, she got a talaq. So now, how will she calculate the iddah period?

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

May Allaah Ta’aala make it easy for the individuals in question and grant them comfort and happiness.

In principle, the ‘iddah of a divorcee who experiences haydh and is not pregnant is three menstrual cycles. We understand from your query that the woman experiences haydh but irregularly. Accordingly, she will have to observe three menstrual cycles as her ‘iddah, however long that may be. In the event that it becomes difficult due to the extended interval periods, she may consider taking medications to induce her menses.

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

09/02/1445 AH – 03/13/2024 CE

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