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‘Iddah of a perimenopausal

Fatwaa ID: 1540

Asalamu alaykum,
Could you please help with this:

A sister contacted me regarding her divorce and iddah.

She is 51 years old and perimenopausal.
She is still having periods but getting further apart.

Since the divorce she has had 2 periods (since march) but is still waiting for last period which doesn’t seem to be coming.

She isn’t 55 lunar years old yet.

She is trying to induce discolored discharge/bleeding but if that fails, must she just wait for 1 more period to come?

What if her last period doesn’t come for a while?
Are there any other shorter options?
She’s desperate for her iddah to end. Her daughter is moving to Australia and she needs to go and stay with her before she goes. Her daughter lives several hours away.

JazakumAllahu khairan

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 sister in question and grant her happiness and bliss.

In principle, the ‘iddah of a divorcee according to the Hanafi legal school is three menstrual cycles. This is applicable to anyone who experiences haydh even if it may be irregular or delayed. A perimenopausal woman’s ruling is the same. She will have to wait for the completion of three menstrual cycles to come out of her ‘iddah. In the enquired situation, if the attempt to induce the cycle fails, she will have to wait however long it takes.

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

01/09/1445 AH – 07/27/2023 CE | AML3-3546

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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