Getting married after the iddat period

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Q: My husband and I have been separated for a year now. In May this year, he sent me an sms stating “I am giving you 1 talaaq in writing so you cannot deny it”. We have not had any intimate or sexual contact in the last year.

My question is: Is my nikah over and am I allowed to re-marry? I understand that my iddah started from the point where he gave me this one talaaq and lasts for 3 menstrual cycles. The 3 menstrual cycles are over now but I did not observe iddah in the correct manner as I did not know at that time that I was in iddah.

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A: Since your iddat period of 3 monthly cycles has ended you could remarry.

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

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)