A woman who’s Husband has passed away.

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A woman, whose husband passed away a month ago, is currently sitting in ‘IDDAH’ in her in-laws house (where she stayed with her 3 children while her husband was still alive), after four months and 10 days, she becomes a stranger (non-mahram) to her father-in-law.
Her brother in-law also stays in the same house, please advise us on what to do after 4 months and 10 days, is she still allowed to stay there?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 449/360/B=03/1435)

The said woman shall not turn non-mahram for her father-in-law after four months and ten days rather the daughter-in-law is haram forever for her father-in-law as per the Shariah. Hence after four months and ten days if the house is owned by the father-in-law and he wishes that his daughter-in-law should stay with him with his grandchildren and Shariah purdah is observed and there is no fear of fitnah then she may live with her father-in-law. She shall observe Shariah purdah with brother-in-law as he is non-mahram for her. And if there is no arrangement of Shariah purdah in the house then she should go to her parents’ home after passing iddah.

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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