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Leaving Home in Iddat to Visit Kids

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Q: If a lady is 62 years old and her husband dies and she stays at home for 2 months of iddah. Thereafter she says that she wants to move out to see her children (who are married and their houses are nearby), would it be  permissible for her to move out for this reason?

A: It is not permissible for her to move out, irrespective of her age. She has to compulsorily complete the Iddat without moving. Seeing her children is not a valid reason for her to leave the Iddat house. The children can visit her.

If a woman observing iddat is in real danger of losing life or limb, or she suffers from acute fear when alone, then she may leave her home and stay in a safer place. (Fataawa Hindiyyah V1 P535, Aljauharatun Nayyirah V4 P310).

She cannot leave for any other reason.

Moulana Yusuf Laher

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