Q. Muhtaram Mufti Saheb, A womans husband passed away while she was in the nifaas period after giving birth to his child. Is there iddat for her ?
A. If a woman became widowed after she had given birth and whilst she was experiencing post-natal bleeding (Nifaas), she will observe the Iddah period of death which is four Months and ten days. The same ruling applies to a woman who became widowed whilst she was experiencing Haidh (menstruation) or Isthihaadha (lochia).
On the other hand, if a woman became widowed whilst being pregnant, she will also observe the Iddah period. However, her Iddah period will terminate at the birth of the child and not at four Months and ten days. This is irrespective if she gave birth a few hours, days or Months after she became widowed. In other words, there is no time limit to her Iddah period apart from the birth of the child. (Tuhfatul Fuqahaa 2/243)
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Mufti Ismaeel Bassa