Marrying a woman in the state of iddat

Q: A woman got married to another man right after her divorce without completing her iddat. What is the status of her marriage to the other man. Is the nikaah valid?

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A: Marrying a woman who is in the state of iddat is haraam in Islam. If the one who married her knew that she had not yet completed her iddat, then he should immediately separate her (whether he had relations with her or not) and allow her to complete her iddat. The iddat will be calculated from the time she was divorced. Recommencing a new iddat will not be compulsory upon her. After the completion of her iddat, if he wishes to marry her, he may marry her.

If he did not know at the time of the nikaah that she was in iddat and after marrying her he had relations with her, then he should immediately separate her and she should sit for a complete iddat from the time he separates her (i.e. she will recommence her iddat from the time he separates her). Thereafter if he wishes to marry her, he may do so. However if he did not have relations with her, then he should immediately separate her and allow her to complete her iddat. After completing the iddat, if he wishes he may marry her.

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

أما نكاح منكوحة الغير ومعتدته فالدخول فيه لا يوجب العدة إن علم أنها للغير لأنه لم يقل أحد بجوازه فلم ينعقد أصلا فعلى هذا يفرق بين فاسده وباطله في العدة ولهذا يجب الحد مع العلم بالحرمة لكونها زنا كما في القنية وغيرها اه (رد المحتار 3/ 516)

لا يجوز للرجل أن يتزوج زوجة غيره وكذلك المعتدة كذا في السراج الوهاج سواء كانت العدة عن طلاق أو وفاة أو دخول في نكاح فاسد أو شبهة نكاح كذا في البدائع (الفتاوى الهندية 1/ 280)

فتاوى محمودية 16/ 319

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)