How will a woman who is experiencing menopause observe iddat?

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Q: I want to know that if a woman had sex with her husband on 15.06.16 and separated on the same day. She thereafter did not meet her husband and had menses after one month. She claims with complete certainty that she is not pregnant. Her pregnancy tests are also negative. Her age is 53 and is going through the process of menopause and usually has menses after three to four months. Kindly tell me that if her husband gave her divorce will she have to go through iddat? If so what will be the criteria? 3 months or 3 menses?


A: If she experiences her normal haidh at this age then she will observe her iddat as three menstrual cycles.

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


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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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