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Is iddah necessary upon me when I have not lived with him yet?

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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.[1] 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.”[2]


Only Allah Ta’ala knows best


Written by Maulana Tahsin Alam

Checked and approved by Ustadha Siddiqa

Darul Ifta Birmingham

[1] Raddul Muhtār 3/185.

[2] Quran 33:49.

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