Answered by: Maulana Tahsin Alam
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah
I did nikah 4 years ago and my rukhsati didn’t happen yet. Until now, I still lived with my parents and he lives in another country. We never met each other and we never had any sexual relationship now he give me talaq so is ‘iddah necessary for me or not?
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيْم
In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakaatuh
If you have not been in seclusion with him at all, then there is no ʿiddah necessary upon you. Allāh Ta’ala says, “O You who have believed, when you marry believing women and then divorce them before you have touched them, then there is not for you any waiting period to count concerning them. So provide for them and give them a gracious release.”
Only Allah Ta’ala knows best
Written by Maulana Tahsin Alam
Checked and approved by Ustadha Sabrina
Darul Ifta Birmingham
 Raddul Muhtār 3/185.
 Quran 33:49.
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