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Iddat and Delayed Periods

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Q: A young woman who was divorced is in her iddat. Two haidhs (menstrual periods) have passed. The third haidh is long overdue (according to her normal habit). What should she do? In the same situation if the woman is close to menopause i.e 50-52 years of age, what will she do?

A: In the first scenario the lady will have to wait for the occurrence of her third haidh regardless of how long that takes. There is no alternative here, unless the delay is for a full year, in which case her iddat will be calculated according to months. We can suggest that she take medication to bring on the haidh if she intends marrying again.

In the second case if the lady still experiences haidh she will have to spend an iddat according to haidh even if she is close to menopause. However, if her haidh has discontinued at that stage then her iddat will be counted as three months (i.e. 90 days)

And Allah Ta’ala knows best

Mufti Siraj Desai

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