Iddat for a woman whose husband went missing

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Q: Husband of a woman is missing since a few months. Later she came to know that he has been killed but there is no proof that he has being killed. Will this woman have to sit in iddat upon merely hearing the news of her husband’s death when she is not sure about that?


A: If the news is authentic and it has come through reliable sources then she must start off her iddat.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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