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Taking mother to doctors during ‘iddah

Fatwaa ID: 2175

Assalaamu 3laykum w r7matullah w barakatuh

A woman has been separated from her husband for a few years. They have now decided to end the with talaq which he is willing to give.
However, her mother is an elderly amputee who is still learning to cope with her amputated leg and goes to rehab and check ups about twice a month.
She takes her mother for all these appointments because as the only daughter and being the one living with her mother, her mother is much more comfortable with her compared to her 2 brothers or their children.

The woman is concerned, during her iddah will she be allowed to still take her mother for these medical check ups?

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

In principle, it is necessary for a divorced woman to observe her ‘iddah in her marital home. She is not permitted to leave the house unless there is a genuine need. In the enquired situation, you state that there are other family members. Accordingly, they will have to make a plan to take the mother for her rehab and checks up. The divorced daughter will not be permitted to leave her house during her ‘iddah period to take her mother there. If she is compelled to go, then she must make sincere istighfaar.

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

08/19/1445 AH – 02/29/2024 CE | AML3-3923

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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