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Understanding the Rules of Iddat: My Sister’s Experience

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Q: I want to ask question about iddat. My sisters husband passed away and she is on iddat.I want to know about the rules of iddat, what to do and what not. Here all are saying to be inside her house without meeting anyone and should cover mirrors and wear only white clothes. She has 3 children who go to school and others have to be there to take up her duty on her children. Please clarify my doubts.


A: She could meet people. She does not have to only wear white clothing. She doesn’t have to cover the mirrors. She should not apply perfume or put on makeup or beautify herself.

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

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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